Sunday, 31 August 2014

Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake in western Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake at a depth of 20.5 km in western Bosnia and Herzegovina, slightly after 8.15 pm local time (slightly after 6.15 pm GMT) on Saturday 30 August 2014. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event, but people have reported feeling it as far away as Split in Croatia.

The approximate location of the 30 August 2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina Earthquake. Google Maps.

The western Balkan Peninsula forms the eastern margin of the Adriatic Plate, a piece of the African Plate that has broken away and is now wedged into the southern part of the Eurasian Plate. This is being squeezed by the impact of Africa into Europe from the south, which is pushing western Italy, which sits on the Eurasian Plate, to the east, and Greece and Turkey, which sit on the Aegean and Anatolian Plates, to the west. This squeezing leads to uplift around the margins of the Adriatic Plate, in the Apennine Mountains of central Italy and the mountain ranges of the west Balkan Peninsula. This is not a smooth process, and earthquakes in the region are fairly common.

Outline map showing the approximate positions of the Eurasian (EU), Adriatic (AD) and African (AF) Plates. Di Bucci & Mazzuli (2003).

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