Thursday 7 November 2013

Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake in Himachal Pradesh, India.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake at a depth of 38.2 km, roughly 9 km north of the town of Gagret in western Himachal Pradesh State, India, slightly before 8.25 pm local time (slightly before 2.55 pm GMT) on Wednesday 6 November 2013. There are no reports of any damage or casualties arising from this event, but people reportedly felt shaking up to 50 km from the epicenter of the quake.

The approximate location of the 6 November 2013 Gagret Earthquake. Google Maps.

Himachal Pradesh 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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