2013-09-24 18:27:56 - One of the strongest earthquakes to occur in the world this year has been recorded by the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark seismometer located at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in County Clare.
A earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude struck 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin, in Pakistan's western province of Balochistan, at 12.29PM (GMT) today (Tuesday, 24 September 2013). The earthquake occurred in a remote region of Pakistan but was felt throughout the region, as far away as New Delhi in India. The earthquake was also recorded by the Cliffs of Moher seismometer, which is one of 55 seismometers located around the country as part of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN).
According to Cliffs Director Katherine Webster: “Our seismometer is so sensitive that it can easily pick up strong seismic activity on the other side of the world. The Earth is a dynamic planet and susceptible to behaving in a more elastic fashion that
one might think. An earthquake has the same effect on the Earth as a pebble does when dropped into a pool The shaking caused by 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Pakistan took just over 6 minutes to travel to the west coast of Clare where it was picked up by our seismometer.”
“Visitors to the exhibition at the Cliffs can see the seismometer in action. It is so sensitive it can pick up actions such as a person jumping up and down, although these readings do show up differently from an earthquake. Since the seismometer was installed in early 2012, it has recorded a number of earthquakes that have occurred throughout the world and closer to home, such as last year’s magnitude 4.0 earthquake off the coast of Mayo,” added Ms. Webster.