Magnitude 5.1 shakes Ascension Island Region

October 22nd, 2008 - 1:50 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

There was an earthquake at Ascension Island Region with the magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake occurred on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 21:21:54 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time ) and Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 04:21:54 AM at epicenter local time as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter is 305 km (190 miles) SSE of Ascension Island, 1005 km (630 miles) NW of Saint Helena, 2265 km (1410 miles) SW of ACCRA, Ghana with the depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program and location 10.419°S, 13.128°W.

Between 1977 - 1980 , Ghana was a remote place for being major earthquake zone. Most of the earthquakes occur in an area to the west of Accra around the junction of two major fault systems, the east-west trending Coastal Boundary fault and the NNE trending Akwapim fault zone.

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