Thursday, May 29, 2008
So Sharon, What Did Iceland Do?
From CNN.com: An earthquake shook southern Iceland on Thursday, reportedly causing injuries and damaging roads and buildings.
The 6.1 magnitude temblor 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, Reykjavik, and was about 10 km (6.2 miles) below the Earth's surface.
It was unclear exactly how many people were injured or the severity of their injuries, Olli Tynes, a journalist with Reykjavik's Channel 2, told CNN.
A hospital in a town near the epicenter was also reported damaged, and some wings have had to be evacuated, he said.
There were no reports of fatalities, but "great material damage," Tynes said. Roads and bridges in the area have been closed.
Iceland's emergency management agency has swung into action, and rescue crews were headed to the area most affected by the quake.
Tynes said he has been speaking to residents of the towns closest to the epicenter. "They said they thought the world was coming to an end," he said. "They thought they were going to