Thursday 25 July 2019

Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake near the coast of Gujarat State, India.

The Centre Seismologique Euro-Méditeranéen  recorded a Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake at a depth of about 10 km, near the coast of Gujarat State, India roughly 10 km to the east of the town of Dāhānu in Palghar District, slightly after 1.00 am local time on Thursday 25 July 2019 (slightly after 7.30 pm on Thursday 24 July GMT). A 55-year old woman is reported to have died in a house collapse in Dāhānu, and the Earthquake was felt along the coast as far south as Mumbai.

The approximate location of the 25 July 2019 Gujarat Earthquake. Centre Seismologique Euro-Méditeranéen.

The boundary between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates runs about 400 km to the northeast of Gujarat, but the area still suffers occasional quakes as a result of the ongoing collision. The Indian Plate is moving northward relative to the Eurasian Plate, causing folding and uplift along this boundary, which has led to the formation of the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, the Himalayas and the other mountain ranges of Central Asia., and which makes the nations in this boundary zone prone to Earthquakes.

 Plate boundaries and movements beneath southern Pakistan, Iran and the Arabian Sea. University of Southampton.

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.

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