At 17:20:25 UTC, on August 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurred on the Western Indian – Antarctic Ridge. The quake happened in the Indian Ocean on the Southeast Indian Ridge, and did not affect any nearby land.
There were no reports of any disturbances felt from the earthquake. The magnitude of the quake reached 5.1, which the U.S. Geological Survey defines as often being felt but can cause minimum damage to buildings and houses.
A earthquake struck in a similar area, on July 25, 2016, with a magnitude of 6.1 and a depth of 15 kilometers. The earthquake was described as “potentially tsunamigenic,” meaning it could cause a tsunami. However, that information has since been retracted.
The U.S Geological Survey had later changed the rating of the quake to a magnitude of 5.9, with a depth of 10 kilometers.
No one felt or was harmed by the temblor, much like the recent one.
Written by Brielle R. Buford
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Earthquake-Report.com: Moderate earthquake – Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge on August 1, 2017
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