MP Runs for Cover as Earthquake Shakes Iceland's Parliament Building

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Iceland just before 2 pm on Tuesday, October 20, shaking the parliament building in the capital of Reykjavik and prompting a lawmaker to run for cover.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office reported that the quake struck at 1.43 pm, and was followed by more than 100 aftershocks. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

This footage shows Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, MP for Pírata, running for cover as the quake hit. Steingrímur J Sigfússon, the speaker of the parliament, stays seated and says: “Just sit still, sit still," local media reported. Credit: Althingi via Storyful