1950 Assam–Tibet earthquake

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1950 Assam–Tibet earthquake
1950 Assam–Tibet earthquake is located in Tibetan Plateau
1950 Assam–Tibet earthquake
UTC time1950-08-15 14:09:34
ISC event895681
USGS-ANSSComCat
Local dateAugust 15, 1950 (1950-08-15)
Local time7:39 pm IST
Magnitude8.6 Mw
Depth15 km (9.3 mi)
Epicenter28°22′N 96°27′E / 28.36°N 96.45°E / 28.36; 96.45
TypeStrike-slip
Areas affectedTibet, Assam
Max. intensityXI (Extreme)
Casualties4,800

The Asssam-Tibet earthquake,[1] also called the Assam earthquake,[1] happened on 15 August 1950. The earthquake had a magnitude of 8.6. It killed 1,526 people. It was the 6th biggest earthquake of the 20th century.[2] It is also the biggest earthquake on record that was not caused by an oceanic subduction. Instead, it was caused by two continental plates converging (crashing together).

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Historic Earthquakes, Assam - Tibet". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  2. "Largest Earthquakes in the World Since 1900". United States Geological Survey. Sep 20, 2011. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010.