Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Earthquakes and weather
Iceland has a lot of weather. The local joke is that if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes and it will change. In summer this is true. I would be hot and cold in the same day; have rain, hail, wind, sun and fog all within the space of a few hours. However, in the winter the weather seems a bit more stable, though as I was only there for a week and a half maybe I didn't get a true picture. Most days it was cold and snowy with clear blue skies in between the snow showers. I can understand though, why Iceland would need a pretty good met office with a pretty good website. However, the Icelandic met office website excels itself by also doubling as an earthquake website. There is a whole section of the website devoted to earthquakes and they constantly have a list showing the biggest earthquakes that have occurred in the last 48 hours. Yes. The biggest earthquakes that have occurred in the last 48 hours. There are that many. One was felt by some of the guests in the hostel whilst I was there, but I didn't feel anything. So I missed out on adding 'experiencing an earthquake' to the list of things I did on my holiday. (I have felt tremors before in Manchester, so I wasn't too upset to miss out). But this is a cool website for anyone going to Iceland.