The Malta Independent 3 February 2023, Friday
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Updated: Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits south of Malta

Monday, 23 January 2023, 11:43 Last update: about 10 days ago

Another earthquake has hit in the vicinity  of Malta.

It was at 11.37am on Monday that the tremor was felt in several parts of the island, and was recorded by the Seismic Monitoring and Research group of the University of Malta.

People reported feeling the earth shake in Sliema, Zejtun, Rabat, Qormi, Senglea and Pieta.

The Unites States Geological Survey measured it at 5.1 on the Richter scale, with an epicentre 92 kilometres to the south of Malta, at a depth of 10km.

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In the past few weeks several tremors have been recorded, with no injuries or damages sustained.

Last week, geophysicist Pauline Galea told Times of Malta that the ongoing seismic activity that is hitting Malta may continue over the next few weeks as the frequency and magnitude of the tremors decrease.

The tremors were triggered by regional tectonic forces south of Malta, she said. These have been known to generate seismic activity in the past and the subsequent number of tremors are not uncommon in such sequences.

“The fault systems around the Maltese islands often demonstrate phases of activity, alternating with quiet periods. The present phase is a normal active phase,” Galea said.

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