Sunday 4 May 2014

Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake in eastern Tibet.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake at a depth of 10 km in the eastern Tibet Autonomous Region of China slightly after 8.05 am local time (slightly after 2.05 am GMT) on Sunday 4 May 2014. This is a moderately large Earthquake, but occurred in a very remote region, and there are no reports of any damage or injuries.

The approximate location of the 4 May 2014 Tibet Earthquake. Google Maps.

Earthquake activity in the area is caused by the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau, due to the impact of India into Eurasia to the south. he Indian Plate is moving northwards at a rate of 5 cm per year, causing it to impact into Eurasia, which is also moving northward, but only at a rate of 2 cm per year. The collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates has lead to the formation of the Himalayan Mountains, the Tibetan Plateau, and the mountains of southwest China, Central Asia and the Hindu Kush.

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