Sunday, 8 June 2014

Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake off the coast of Espirito Santo Island, Vanuatu.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake at a depth of 5.6 km roughly 2 km southeast of Tutuba Island, Vanuatu, slightly after 2.05 pm local time (slightly after 3.05 am GMT) on Sunday 8 June 2014. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event, though people reported feeling it in Luganville on Espirito Santo Island.

The approximate location of the 8 June 2014 Tutuba Island Earthquake. Google Maps.

Vanuatu is located on the southwestern fringe of the Pacific Plate, close to its boundary with the Australian Plate, which is being subducted along the New Hebrides Trench, to the west of the islands. The subducting Australian Plate passes under the islands of Vanuatu as it sinks into the Earth, causing Earthquakes as the plates stick together then break apart as the pressure builds up.

As the plate sinks further it is partially melted by the heat of the friction combined with that of the Earth's interior. Some of the melted material then rises through the overlying Pacific Plate, fueling the volcanoes of Vanuatu.

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