'Unheard Of' Seismic Events
Continues In Quake Areas

MUMBAI -- Unusual events "unheard of in the history of seismology" have been recorded in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, with more than 120 such events being recorded in the last one month, according to seismologists.
The seismology department of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the Earth Sciences Department of the Indian Institute of Technology here have recorded over 120 such unusual events in the islands following the December 26 earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale that triggered tsunamis which wreaked havoc in several parts of the country.
Of these events recorded at BARC's Gouribidnur station in Karnataka, at least over 33 events were above 5 on the Richter scale, they said, adding "this is unusual and alarming as large amount of energy is being released so frequently."
Eleven events with surface wave of magnitude 5, indicating large amount of energy close to Nicobar Islands was also recorded, the seismologists said.
"Since yesterday, 16 events which range from 5.2 to 5.8 on the Richter scale have been recorded," they said.
"Whether these events are foreshocks or aftershocks - it is not clear, and has to be taken up seriously and the data analysed as fast as possible," the scientists said.
"Both `strike slip and `dip slip are taking place simultaneously and these factors have to be taken very seriously both by scientists and authorities," they added.
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"It seems the Andaman plate line of 700 miles may be collapsing. That will be a much larger catastrophe."
(It looks as if an entire tectonic plate may be collapsing! There have been almost 30 big EQs in this region in the past week. Recall the reverberations of the 9.0 were felt across the world in the wells of Richmond VA! I have no idea what the collapse of an entire plate might be.... -S0
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Another 5.6 Richter Earthquake In Nicobar Island - something strange happening in the tectonic plates
Staff Reporter - India Daily January 27, 2005
The bizarre pattern of aftershocks ranging between 5.2 and 6.2 Richter continues in the Tsunami hit Nicobar island of India. According to PTI, another earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale hit India's Nicobar Islands today, the Hong Kong Observatory said The earthquake was recorded at 0536 GMT with its epicenter about 345 kilometers northeast of Banda Aceh in Indonesia's Aceh province.
The tribal people are saying that many miles below the earth's surface, something is happening they never experienced before. According to sources, the tectonic level disturbances based on recorded and plotted aftershock quakes, are very slowly moving northwards towards Assam in India.
A theory exist that says the recent massive earth quake in northeast of Banda Aceh in Indonesia's Aceh province really has its roots in the series of earthquakes in Assam over the last three years. It seems the Andaman plate line of 700 miles may be collapsing. That will be a much larger catastrophe.
India's remote Andaman and Nicobar archipelago has been hit by a series of aftershocks since a 9.0-strong earthquake off Aceh on December 26 which produced tsunamis that struck shores across the Indian Ocean, killing more than 280,000 people.
The tsunami devastated the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, killing at least 1,925 people and leaving 5,555 missing. More than 42,000 others are still in makeshift camps across the Andaman and Nicobar group.



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