Iceland shaken by magnitude 6.2 earthquake

By | May 30, 2008

Iceland shaken by magnitude 62 earthquakeI wonder what else the Earth is going to hit us with in the next few months. First nearly 70,000 die from a quake in China, now this…

A strong earthquake shook southern Iceland on Thursday, injuring at least 15 people as it rocked buildings in the capital, touched off landslides and forced evacuations in outlying towns, officials and local media said.

Government officials reported that 15 to 30 people were injured, none of the seriously, when the quake hit near Selfoss, 30 miles southeast of the capital of Reykjavik. They were taken to a local health center for treatment.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and hit at 3:46 p.m.

Sharp aftershocks were feared over the next few hours in the southwest of the country, and police traveled around the nearby town of Hveragerdi, 28 miles east of Reykjavik, with a bullhorn, advising residents to stay outdoors.

An Associated Press Television News cameraman in Hveragerdi reported at least two aftershocks, and said residents were beginning to pitch tents outside because they were not allowed to return home.

“It was a horrific experience. Everything inside my house is ruined,” Sveinn Ingvason, a 51-year-old construction worker, told Iceland’s Channel 2 from the town.

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