How to deal with an earthquake that hits you at night
RTE 2.4 million people have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Iceland, with around one million people being evacuated and others being forced to stay in their homes.
The latest quake hit at 6:45pm on Wednesday at a depth of 8km.
It struck at a height of 1.3km and a depth as deep as 10km.
The earthquake triggered landslides and power outages across parts of the country.
“People have been evacuated, many are staying in their houses.
A lot of people are sleeping in the streets, in tents,” said Jónsi Gudmundsson, a manager at a hotel.
More than a third of Iceland’s population are still without power, with the country’s National Grid still reporting that the quake was felt in the north-west and the east of the island.
At least 12 people have died, and at least 40 have been injured.
The government says it will be sending an emergency response team to the scene.
The country’s Meteorological Office reported a 6.2 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, with a magnitude of 6.4.
Reykjavik Mayor Árni Sigurjónsson said at least 15 people were injured.
People in Reykjavík have been told to stay indoors in their residences or risk being electrocuted.
Prime Minister Ágírek Jónasson said the earthquake was caused by a fault in the earth and that there was a possibility of an aftershock.
“The ground is shifting and it’s going to be unstable,” he said.
“It is possible that a strong aftershock could happen in Iceland.
I am talking about an earthquake of this magnitude that is not something we could have foreseen.”
Reyjólfurjafjallarður Hospital has warned of a risk of electrocution in areas where there was heavy shaking.
Iceland is one of the hardest hit countries in Europe, with more than 100,000 people still without electricity and around 3.4m people living without running water.
In a video posted on social media, a woman, who said she was pregnant, said she had received a call from her boyfriend asking her to stay inside and help evacuate people.
“I told him I had a baby in the house and if you need anything, you should stay in the bedroom.
I think it was the baby, because there was no one else in the room,” she said.
She said that while the earthquake struck, the earthquake felt like a lot of pressure on her body.
“You feel it in your body, and then you start feeling the pressure in your hands,” she added.
Volcanic ash from the volcano has also caused damage in parts of Iceland, killing at least 30 people.