Thanks to the new permanent seismic stations installed in the Franz Joseph Land and Severnaya Zemlya arctic archipelagoes, it has become possible at present to record earthquakes occurring in the eastern Gakkel ridge with a much lower detection threshold than that provided by the global network. At present, the lowest recorded magnitude is ML 2.4 and the magnitude of completeness is 3.4. We examined the results of seismic monitoring conducted from December 2016 through January 2020 to show that the earthquake epicenters are not uniformly distributed both in space and over time within the eastern part of the ridge. There were periods of quiescence and seismic activity. Most of the epicenters are confined to the area between 86° and 95.0° E. Relative location techniques were used to locate the single major swarm of earthquakes recorded so far. Most earthquakes were recorded by two or three stations only, so that relative location techniques have been able to yield reliable data for an analysis of the swarm. We showed that there have been actually two swarms that contained different numbers of events. The earthquakes in the larger swarm were occurring nonuniformly over time and clustered at certain depths. The ML scale was calibrated for the Eurasian Arctic based on records of the seismic stations installed in the Svalbard Archipelago, Franz Joseph Land, and on Severnaya Zemlya: logA0(R)=1.5×logR100+1.0×104(R100)+3.0. The results will help expand our knowledge of the tectonic and magmatic processes occurring within the ultraslow Gakkel ridge, which are reflected in the local seismicity.

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