Monday 25 September 2017

Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir, India.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake at a depth of 35.0 km, roughly 4 km to the southwest of the town of Sumbal in Jammu and Kashmir State, India, slightly before 5.45 am local time (slightly before 0.15 am GMT) on Saturday 23 September 2017. There are no reports of any damage or casualties arising from this event, but people reported feeling the quake across much western Jammu and Kashmir.

The approximate location of the 23 September 2017 Jammu and Kashmir Earthquake. USGS.

Northeast India is on the northern part of the Indian Plate, close to its boundary with Eurasia. India 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.

 The movement of India into Eurasia over the last 71 million years. USGS.

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