Monday, 9 September 2013

Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake in northern Myanmar.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake at a depth of 23.1 km in the northeast of the Sagaing Region, Myanmar, slightly before 10.00 am local time (slightly before 3.30 am GMT) on Monday 9 September 2013. There are no reports of any damage or casualties arising from this event, though it was felt as far away as Mandalay, approximately 125 km to the south.

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

Northern Myanmar is an area fairly prone to Earthquakes. It lies close to the margin between the Indian and Eurasian Plates, and suffers tectonic stresses due to the northward movement of the Indian Plate, which is driving into the Eurasian Plate at a rate of about 30 mm per year, causing uplift in the Himalayan Mountains, the Tibetan Plateaux, the mountains of Central Asia, and the bordering hills that separate Myanmar from India and China.

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