Explanation of earthquakes in Al Hoceima

Explanation of earthquakes in Al Hoceima

December 25, 2021 – 10:40 AM – Morocco

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Since last Monday, a series of earthquakes swept the Driouch and Al Hoceima regions. According to the National Institute of Geophysics, these earthquakes are a “natural natural phenomenon.”

The National Institute of Geophysics recorded two earthquakes on Wednesday evening. The first with a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale, and the epicenter of this earthquake was off the coast of Al Hoceima Governorate. The epicenter of the second earthquake, which measured 4.3 on the Richter scale, was off the coast of Driouch state.

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Nasser Jabbour, an expert from the National Institute of Geophysics, said in a statement to a map The area in which the governorates of Nador, Driouch and Al Hoceima are located has long been characterized by seismic activity. “For nearly 30 years, the region has been subject to irregular earthquakes. That is, they do not occur at the same time of the year. In fact, the region records very small tremors every day, which are not felt by residents, but we can see it through equipment and sensors. the seismicity that we have,” Nasser Jabbour says.

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The expert explains that the Earth’s crust consists of several plates that are constantly moving. An earthquake is a shocking shaking or movement of the Earth’s crust, which is caused by the tensions between the Earth’s plates. This is a “natural phenomenon”. Statistical studies are carried out regularly to determine if there is a decrease in the overall average, a stagnation in the number of earthquakes or a flat level.

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