Reunion / Mauritius – M 6.3 – Heavy earthquake in the Indian Ocean

Earthquake Report comment :
The epicenter of this earthquake  is far away from the islands of La Reunion and Mauritius.
It occurred in the immediate vicinity of the fault line zone where the divergent boundaries of the African plate and the Australian plate are pulling apart.
NO people live in a radius of 200 km around the epicenter.
The earthquake was NOT powerful enough to generate a Tsunami.

Mauritius  sits on the African Tectonic Plate, but not near enough to any plate boundaries or fault lines to experience any major earthquakes or tectonic activity.
Mauritius  is an island nation, with rugged volcanic features and a large fertile plain. The compact main island is the worn and eroded base of an extinct volcano. It stands on a mostly undersea feature called the Mascarene Plateau (a ridge that for much of its length now lies underwater in the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south). The Mascarene Plateau was once a land bridge between Asia and Africa.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Monday, August 16, 2010 at 07:30:55 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 11 km
Geo-location(s) :
320 km (200 miles) NE of Ile Rodrigues, Mauritius
Earthquake Parameters :
NST=142, Nph=146, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.27 sec, Gp= 36°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world.  GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

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