Saturday 10 April 2021

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake to the south of Gongdanglegi Kulon, East Java.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake at a depth of 82.3 km to the south of the village of Gondanglegi Kulon in East Java, Indonesia, slightly after 2.00 pm local time (slightly after 7.00 am GMT) on Saturday 10 April 2021. The event was felt across most of Java, as well as on Bali and Lombok islands, but there are no reports of any damage or casualties.

The approximate location of the 10 April 2021 East Java Earthquake. USGS.

The Indo-Australian Plate, which underlies the Indian Ocean to the south of Java, Bali and Lombok, is being subducted beneath the Sunda Plate, a breakaway part of the Eurasian Plate which underlies the islands and neighbouring Sumatra, along the Sunda Trench, passing under the islands, where friction between the two plates can cause Earthquakes. As the Indo-Australian Plate sinks further into the Earth it is partially melted and some of the melted material rises through the overlying Sunda Plate as magma, fuelling the volcanoes of Java and neighbouring islands.

Subduction along the Sunda Trench beneath Java, Bali and Lombok. Earth Observatory of Singapore.

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