Largest Earthquake Recorded in Russia

Largest Earthquake Recorded in Russia

It has been confirmed by scientists that the largest deep earthquake was occurred off the coast of Russia on May 24 this year. The magnitude of the earthquake was 8.3. The seismic movement was recorded to be 30% larger than that of the next largest earthquake in 1994. The next largest earthquake was occurred in 1994 and it was 637 kilometers beneath Bolivia, said researchers.

Seismologists have struggled to explain the reason behind the occurrence of the earthquake that struck beneath the Sea of Okhotsk. Researchers said that the intense pressure on the fault should inhibit the kind of rupture that took place.

Thorne Lay is a professor of Earth and planetary sciences at the University of California. He said, "It's a mystery how these earthquakes happen. How can rock slide against rock so fast while squeezed by the pressure from 610 kilometers of overlying rock?"

Several thousand seismic stations around the world recorded vibrations that were produced by the energy released by the earthquake. 

Scientists are still wondering that how an 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Sea of Okhotsk last May. The earthquake was massive and took place almost 400 miles below the earth's surface.

According to Thorne, it is the biggest event, they have ever seen.

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