Earth’s Deepest Earthquake Remains Mystery

Earth’s Deepest Earthquake Remains Mystery

The world's deepest earthquake ever recorded occurred on the 24th of May, 2013, but this massive temblor is still a mystery for the scientists.

The magnitude of the earthquake was 8.3 and it occurred in the Sea of Okhotsk, deep within the Earth's mantle.

The seismologists have failed to understand that how such a massive earthquake take place at such depth.

The study co-author, Thorne Lay, and a seismologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said, "It looks so similar to shallow events, even though it's got 600 kilometers of rock on top of it. It's hard to understand how such an earthquake occurs at all under such huge pressure".

They also claimed that it is the biggest event they have ever seen. This earthquake, which is also known as the Sea of Okhotsk earthquake, occurred about 378 miles (609 km) beneath the Earth's surface.

According to reports, it happened at a crack where the Pacific Plate was pressing into the mantle. The quake was felt by the people of Russia despite of the depth at which it occurred.

According to a survey there was no injury or damage to the property of people. There is also a possibility that liquid carbon dioxide somehow speeded into the crack and lubricated it, allowing the two slabs of rock to slide past each other more quickly.


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