The vicinity just north of Bamboo Flat, India is frequently visited by moderate hovering around magnitude 5.0. Today, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit 264km N of Bamboo Flat, India. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was a shallow earthquake near India at a depth of 30.0 km.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reports that an earthquake hit 442km SW of Rangoon, Myanmar in the region of Andaman Islands, India, which is roughly the same reporting as the USGS. However, they reported a depth of 80km.
According to SMS-Tsunami-Warning.com, earthquakes in this region is caused by the pressure that is accumulated and discharged along the Sunda megathrust of the main subduction zone, where the earth’s crust of the subducting Indo-Australia plate is in contact with the overlying Sunda plate down to a depth of 60 km.
It is important to understand that subducting or subduction. Subduction can be seen when converging boundaries of tectonic plates reveal one plate moving under another plate. The plate moving underneath is actually forced to sink due to the pull of gravity. Now when this process occurs it can cause the rocks that makes up the earth’s crust break causing rocks on either side to move past each other. When movement is sudden, it releases energy and subsequently results in causing an earthquake.
Today’s quake was mild and there have been no reports of damage to property of injury to people present in the affected area.
Written by DiMarkco Chandler
SMS-Tsunami-Warning.com: M4.5 – Bamboo Flat, India
San Francisco Bay Region Geology and Geologic Hazards: What is a Fault?
EMSC-CSEM.org: About EMSC
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