27 mayo 2013

Earthquake in Russia could be deepest ever


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A magnitude-8.3 quake that hit Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula could be the deepest ever recorded. The scale of the earthquake in the region is down to its geology, sitting atop a subduction zone where the Pacific tectonic plate dives beneath the North American plate. The recent quake's depth meant that it generated shock waves that reached as far as the Kremlin, 4000 miles away.


 The waves even managed to cross parts of the United States. While yet to be confirmed, the quake is set to take the record crown from a similar event that took place in Bolivia in 1994 which measured magntitude-8.3 and originated at a depth of 392 miles. The massive, magnitude-8. 3 temblor that struck today (May 24) near Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula could turn out be the deepest earthquake ever recorded.

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