Monday, 9 September 2013

Magnitude 4.9 Earthquake under the Caspian Sea.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 4.9 Earthquake at a depth of 24.8 km under the western Caspain Sea, roughly 20 km to the north of the Bauku Peninsula, at approximately 7.35 am local time (approximately 4.35 am GMT) on Monday 9 September 2013. There are no reports of any damage or casualties arising from this event, but it was felt in Baku City, 26 km from the epicenter of the quake.

The approximate location of the 9 September 2013 Caspian Sea Earthquake. Google Maps.

Earthquakes are a common problem in Azerbaijan, which is located on the southern part of the Eurasian Plate, close to the boundary with the Arabian and Anatolian Plates. The Arabian Plate is being pushed northwards by the movement of the African Plate further to the south, pushing the Anatolian Plate to the west, and creating stress in the rocks around the Caspian Sea Basin.

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