Dots show seismic activity along the Mid-Atlantic ridge (thin red line), including today's two instances (orange dots) | Map Courtesy: usgs.com

Second earthquake in the same vicinity occurred today at 3:35 p.m., reports USGS

An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale occurred approximately 880 kilometers off the coast of Liberia this morning at 2:59 a.m., the Government of Liberia, though the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) has announced. A second instance, which took place this afternoon, occurred a little further out than the first.

Although the incident poses no immediate threat of a tsunami occurring, citizens should remain alert, MICAT said.

According to Liberian geologist, Dr. Eugene Shannon, the earthquake is nothing to be worried about be cause it is so far away.  “It occurred along the Mid-Atlantic ridge,” he said, noting that the earthquake occurred far away enough to not be a threat to Liberia.

The reality is, there are literally dozens of earthquakes occurring along the Mid-Atlantic ridge with proximity to Liberia, the US Geological Survey shows.  Today’s early-morning earthquake is the 5th closest occurring off the coast of Liberia, but has the highest magnitude (6.6, according to USGS) among the closest.  Also, five of the closest seven earthquakes offshore Liberia occurred in 2016 alone.  The following earthquakes were recorded by USGS, in order of proximity (closest first):

  • April 14, 2016, at 16:44:33, 5.2 magnitude
  • July 4, 2016, at 10:52:52, 4.9 magnitude 
  • December 12, 2016, at 20:53:46, 4.7 magnitude 
  • November 5, 2015, at 03:19:27, 4.2 magnitude
  • August 18, 2017, at 02:59:21, 6.6 magnitude
  • September 14, 2016, at 09:18:25, 4.8 magnitude  
  • August 20, 2016, at 20:11:43, 4.6 magnitude

Apart from these seven, at least another 22 earthquakes have occurred offshore Liberia in the same vicinity, all taking place as early as 2015. The second earthquake today in the same vicinity, at 4.8 magnitude, which occurred this afternoon at 15:35:55 (3:35 p.m.), is the ninth in proximity to Liberia.

The Mid-Atlantic ridge is an extensive underground mountain range that runs between three main plates on the ocean floor.

“The Earth’s crust continuously forms along a network of oceanic spreading centers that circle the globe,” explains the University of California, San Diego website. “As new seafloor forms, the earth’s tectonic plates move apart in opposite directions at these spreading centers. As the tectonic plates move apart, rock is pulled up from depth at the spreading axis and melts as it depressurizes. The molten rock rises to the seafloor and cools to form the layer of crust that paves the ocean floor.”

The tectonic plates moving apart on the Atlantic ocean floor are the North American plate (moving westward), and the Eurasian and African plates (moving eastward). The result is a big scar down the center of the Atlantic Ocean where magma is rising up from the mantle to fill in the gap that is being created.

11 COMMENTS

    • Just stfu!!! You have to give some stupid insane religious reason for an earthquake. You are a dump fool.

      What reason will you give for eclipse that is about to happen in the Pacific Northwest of the USA?

      Earthquakeso have been happening since the formation of planet earth, but t g email one that happened in Liberia’so ocean is a warning from “God.”

      You have a mental problem

  1. God bless Liberia. There shouldn’t be an earthquake anywhere near the coast. Parts of Monrovia/Liberia are already too fragile. It could be a major CATASTROPHY… Liberia needs an early warning weather relay system. Like the French have done for their former African Colonies, hopefully the U.S will cover Liberia too. We, Liberians will be grateful. Absolutely!

    • Thanks, Bill. Yes, we have the coordinates, but used the above graphic because the USGS map shows a better historical picture of the seismic activity in the area concerned. Somehow linking the live USGS map to here showed up transparent and thus ineffective. The live USGS map is linked in the 4th paragraph above. Can you help?

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