New York: The magnitude-8.6 earthquake that struck the Indian Ocean in 2012 may have had a calming effect on the other quakes in the world, a new study has claimed. The powerful quake near Sumatra, Indonesia, seemed to have actually quietened the global earthquakes, according to two reports presented at the Seismological Society of America's annual meeting in Salt Lake City.
The April 11, 2012 quake was the largest strike-slip shake-up (which moves horizontally) ever recorded, 'OurAmazingPlanet' reported. Although the quake triggered earthquakes worldwide for up to six days, however, once the triggered quakes stopped, there was a sharp drop in moderate earthquakes for more than three months, said Fred Pollitz, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey's (USGS) California.
Pollitz noted the seismic monitors detected no earthquakes bigger than magnitude 6.5 for 95 days. Normally, quakes of this size hit every 10 days, he said.
"That is quite a rare occurrence. The chance of that happening is about 1 in 10,000," Pollitz said. Pollitz believes the Indian Ocean earthquake's unusually energetic seismic waves, which traversed shallowly through Earth's crust for long distances, could have shifted stresses on faraway faults, delaying earthquakes....more
05:16 PM, Apr 21, 2013
Athens: A strong earthquake struck the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday, rattling buildings as far away as Egypt and Turkey. Local police said they had no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and struck off the southern coast of Crete at 4:29 pm (1859 hrs IST), the Athens Geological Institute and the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany,...
10:10 PM, Apr 01, 2011
The massive earthquake in Japan and the subsequent nuclear crisis has triggered fears of nuclear security across the world, including India. Most of India falls in the moderate risk to very high risk seismic zones and so do a majority of India's nuclear reactors. While there are no nuclear projects in Zone V (seismic intensity of 8 and above), the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Power plant falls in Zone IV on...
04:21 PM, Mar 16, 2011