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Report on the recent earthquakes in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

At 10:31 a.m on the 17th of July, an earthquake with a moderate magnitude struck the coast of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t have been given much thought, after all the Islands do lie on a fault line named after them. Facts being that there was no to minimal damage sustained and no loss of lives, seemed to assure the seismologists at first.

However, it must be noted that there were 4 other earthquakes before the most recent one. And the pattern is slight but noticeable; a 4.3 on the RS on June 10, a 4.8 on the RS on June 18, a 4.1 on the RS on June 28, a 4.4 on the RS on July 13 and a 4.8 on the 14th of July. Now, plotting this on a graph, we find that we have continuous waves, with noticeable crests and troughs. Not just that, but the time intervals between the earthquakes have constantly been decreasing.

The most recent one has managed to cause quite small tremors on the east coast of the Indian mainland and has also managed to affect Myanmar and Indonesia(only slightly). But these statistics, added to the fact, as stated before that the islands lie directly on an active fault line, pose as a worry to the nation. This could be the start of something even bigger, much similar to the San Andreas fault line in the USA which runs along California. We’ll also have to keep in mind the fact that the country has recently hit the 1 million mark on the number of COVID-19 cases and dealing with something as disastrous as an earthquake could result in a total socio-economic breakdown of the country.

Reporter - Kruthika Senthil Kumar

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