Saturday, 23 June 2018

Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake on the Paria Peninsula, Venezuela.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake at a depth of 106 km roughly beneath the Paria Peninsula on the north coast of Venezuela, slightly before 9.55 pm local time on Friday 22 June 2018 (slightly before 1.55 am on Saturday 23 June 2018 GMT). This was a large quake, but at some depth as well as some way offshore, and there are no reports of any casualties or damage, though the quake was felt over a large area, with people reporting feeling it across much of northeast Venezuela, as well as in Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada.
 
The approximate location of the 22 June 2018 Paria Peninsula Earthquake. USGS.
 
The Paria Peninsula forms part of the southern margin of the Caribbean Plate, which is moving eastward compared to the South American Plate, upon which the rest of Venezuela sits. This is not a smooth process, the two plates constantly stick together, then break apart as the pressure builds up, causing Earthquakes in the process. 
 
Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organisation Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here
 
See also...
 
http://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com/2018/04/magnitude-47-earthquake-on-north-coast.htmlhttp://sciencythoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/measles-outbreak-in-bolivar-state.html
http://sciencythoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/magnitude-53-earthquake-in-northwest.htmlhttp://sciencythoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/magnitude-52-earthquake-off-paria.html
http://sciencythoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-role-of-gold-mining-in.htmlhttp://sciencythoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/magnitude-61-earthquake-of-north-coast.html
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