A 7.1 magnitude earthquake yesterday 29th August 2016, hit the Atlantic Ocean approximately 1, 100km just off the shores of Sierra Leone.
BNO news reports revealed that the powerful and shallow earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck the South Atlantic Ocean, centred far northwest of Ascention Island, Seismologists explained.
There was no immediate tsunami triggered by the quake, which occurred at a depth of 10km (62 miles), the United States of America Geographical Survey revealed.
India Today, also unearthed that there were no reports of any damage or casualties.
Meanwhile, some Freetown residents have confirmed that around 3AM (GMT), a two slight irregular bumps or cracking was felt.
So far, official institutions charged with the responsibility of dealing with natural disasters, have yet to come up with any official statement regarding the earthquake.
The world has yet to forget the damage wrecked in Italy, by a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of nearly 300 people, and saw to the hospitalization of nearly 400 people (news24.com).
An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden breaking and movement of large sections (tectonic plates) of the earth’s rocky outermost crust. The edges of the tectonic plates are marked by faults (or fractures). Most earthquakes occur along the fault lines when the plates slide past each other or collide against each other.
The shifting masses send out shock waves that may be powerful enough to: alter the surface of the Earth, thrusting up cliffs and opening great cracks in the ground, and cause great damage ... collapse of buildings and other man-made structures, broken power and gas lines (and the consequent fire), landslides, snow avalanches, tsunamis (giant sea waves) and volcanic eruptions.
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