The tearing of Russia: 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes southeast region of Russia

October 14, 2011RUSSIA – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Amurskay Oblast region of Southeast Russia at a depth of 15.3 km.  The epicenter of the earthquake was 130 km (80 miles) SSW of Tynda, Russia and 5154 km (3202 miles) NE of MOSCOW, Russia. One hour and 15 minutes later, a 4.2 earthquake also struck near Lake Baikal- which is southwest of the epicenter. Lake Baikal was similarly hit by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in July of 2011. The seismic turbulence in southeast Russia is happening along the periphery of a region of the Russia that is slowly tearing apart or rifting along a divergent plate boundary. Geological turbulence will only increase with time. Like Iceland, Africa and the sea-floor near El Hierro in the Canary Islands, this process appears to have become more excited this year and is an indication geological change is accelerating its advance across the world as the planet’s magnetic field strength continues to erode.
The Baikal Rift Zone is a divergent plate boundary centered beneath Lake Baikal in southeastern Russia. To its west is the Eurasian Plate and to its east is the Amur Plate which is moving away from the rift toward Japan at about 4 mm per year. As in all divergent plate boundary zones, the crust in the Baikal Rift Zone is thinning and magma is very close to the surface. Hot springs are present both on land and under Lake Baikal, although thus far, no evidence of actual volcanism has been found in the immediate vicinity of the lake. However, geologically-recent volcanic activity has occurred nearby and is probably associated with the Baikal Rift Zone. These volcanic centers are the Udokan Plateau, located about 400 km ENE of the northern tip of Lake Baikal, the Oka Plateau, located about 200 km WNW of the southwest tip of Lake Baikal, and the Vitim Plateau, around 200 km east of the rift. Besides the East African Rift, the Baikal Rift zone is the only other current example of a divergent plate boundary within continental crust on Earth. –Wikipedia
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8 Responses to The tearing of Russia: 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes southeast region of Russia

  1. I know we have Iceland, Africa and the sea-floor near El Hierro in the Canary Islands, but are there any other rift zones that, although may be fairly quiet now, we should be watching?



  2. robinb333 says:

    There’s my Russia earthquake, but I still believe there’s one coming which is bigger…


  3. Stephanie says:

    Hidden rifts like the New Madrid fault of USA which runs down to the Gukf of Mexico. Hidden grabbens just fall into the earth….!


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