Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake in northwest Venezuela leaves one dead and three injured,

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake at a depth of 28 km in the Cordillera de Mérida mountain range in northwest Venezuela, slightly before 4.10 pm local time (slightly before 8.40 m GMT) on Sunday 22 November 2015. This was a large quake, and is reported to have caused damage to about 20 houses, as well as triggering several landslides, one of which caused the only fatality reported in connection with the event, the driver of a car who swerved to avoid falling rocks and collided with an oncoming SUV. A passenger in the car and two people traveling in the SUV were also injured in the event. This is the second deadly Earthquake to hit the region this month, one person having been killed in an Earthquake on Sunday 7 November.

The scene of a deadly car crash caused by a landslide triggered by the 22 November 2015 Venezuelan Earthquake, Cortesía.

The Cordillera de Mérida mountains form a northeastern extension of the Andes, running through the northwest of Colombia. The mountains form the boundary between the South American Plate to the south and east and the North Andan Plate, which underlies parts of northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela, to the northwest. The North Andean Plate is caught between the west-moving South American Plate to the east and the east-moving Nazca Plate to the west, with the effect that the whole area is being crushed and uplifted, making it very prone to earthquakes.

The approximate location of the 22 November 2015 Cordillera de Mérida Earthquake. Google Maps.


Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organization Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
 
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