Saturday 2 November 2013

Magnitude 4.3 Earthquake in eastern Bhutan.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 4.3 Earthquake at a depth of 37.5 km in the Mongar District of eastern Bhutan, slightly before 0.10 am local time on Wednesday 30 October 2013 (slightly before 6.10 pm on Tuesday 29 October GMT). There are no reports of any damage or casualties arising from this quake, but people in the area report feeling violent shaking.

The approximate location of the 30 October 2013 Mongar Earthquake. Google Maps.

Bhutan is on the northern part of the Indian Plate, close to its boundary with Eurasia. The Indian Plate is moving northward, pushing into Eurasia at a rate of 40 mm a year. This causes quakes on both plates, as well as the folding and uplift that has created the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau.

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