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BREAKING 12:45pm 5-29-08: 6.1 Quake Shakes Iceland, No Injuries; Epicenter near Reykjavik
Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:41am

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING WEATHER:  12:45pm  5-29-08  Seems Mother Nature is playing fast and loose, again.  While recent tornadoes, typhoons, flooding, and quakes have rocked many countries - today about 11 am,  Iceland received a wake-up jolt estimated at a magnitude 6.1, some 30 miles from the capital city of Reykjavik. 

According to CNN, the quake may have damaged roads and homes, a Reykjavik journalist said. Residents were told to go home and check on their relatives and possessions. That
advice was given to Icelanders closest to the quake's epicenter.

The quake struck about 3:46 p.m. (11:46 a.m. ET), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was about 50 km (31 miles) east-southeast of the capital, and was about 10 km (6.2 miles) below the Earth's surface.

Alti Mar Gylfason said he had received reports of damage to the road that rings the island nation. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but the quake was felt across Iceland.

"It was a little bit like you're sleeping in a waterbed, you know ... everything floats around," he said, adding that people poured out of buildings into the street. "This is not something we experience on a normal basis."

Although Iceland is seismically active, its last major quakes were on June 17 and June 21, 2000, with quakes of 6.5 and 6.4, respectively. The temblors damaged homes and buildings, but caused no serious injuries.
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