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It's a little hard to [belief / believe] , but Iceland has experienced 18,000 earthquakes in the [spaces / space] of a week. Most of them have been too small to feel. The largest quake was on February 24 and was a [multitude / magnitude] 5.6. The seismic activity [suggestive / suggests] that a volcano in the southwest of Iceland may be about to [abrupt / erupt] . Volcanoes in southwestern Iceland have been [dormant / remnant] for over 800 years, but seismologists believe an eruption could [be / have] imminent. Iceland is a volcanic island and is used to the [occasionally / occasional] tremor. However, swarms of quakes have unsettled [residence / residents] in the capital city Reykjavik. Scientists say despite the large [number / numeral] of quakes, there has been very little damage.

Iceland is [situated / situation] on top of the meeting of tectonic plates [depth / deep] in the earth. Tectonic plates are pieces of Earth's [crusty / crust] around 100km thick on which Earth's land [massive / mass] sits. The plates below Iceland are continually splitting [apart / part] and pushing North America and Eurasia away from each other [on / at] an infinitesimally slow rate. Living on a tectonic plate means seismic activity is inevitable. One Reykjavik resident spoke about his anxiety caused [of / by] the 18,000 recent quakes. He said: "I have experienced earthquakes before, but never so many in a [row / low] . It is very unusual to feel the Earth shake 24 hours a day for a [wholly / whole] week. It makes you feel very small and [impotent / impotency] against nature."

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