The Indian Ocean is a deep dark place filled with mysteries. However, in recent history it has been one of the calmest and serene water bodies in the world. The ocean fills the gap between two landmasses, Australia and India. This is where the problem lies. According to the geographical reports the ocean may have a nascent boundary in the northern part of the ocean. This leads to a movement in the tectonic plate below the surface of the ocean.
Recent research has shown that the tectonic plate is breaking apart and the whole world is in danger. But it is not an instant process. It is part of more continuous damage which started from the Indonesia earthquake of 2012. The earthquakes measured 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale and originated underwater near Indonesia. Almost 15 people died along with 10 more injured. The earthquakes were followed by a warning of a tsunami. But no such incident took place.
Indian Ocean: The broken tectonic plate below India
The tsunami never came, because the earthquake was not produced by the result of two tectonic plates rubbing against each other. However, the earthquake was the result of a crack that occurred in the middle portion of one tectonic plate. The researchers finally understood that the tectonic plate under the Indian ocean is splitting into two. However the plate cracks at a rate of 0.06 inches per year. This means that it will take a million years before the plate cracks.
— Earth Institute (@earthinstitute) May 22, 2020
The researchers believe that the faults started millions of years ago, and may not cause another big earthquake for the next 20,000 years. With the Earth losing its magnetic field and the tectonic plate breaking apart it is surely the beginning of the end. Let us know what you have to say in the comments section below!
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.