We Earthlings might not be the only ones who have to deal with quakes. Martians, if they exist, also need to run beneath solid structures from time to time and pray to whatever deity they might believe in. And it seems that back in May, they might have gotten the run for their lifetime.
Jokes aside, for now! According to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters, a Marsquake that jolted the Red Planet this year back in May was significantly more intense compared to the other quakes combined. The new quake from Mars broke the previous record and defied all expectations.
No cause has been identified so far
If we take our planet into consideration, Earthquakes occur for various reasons. Even volcanism or human activity, such as tunnel construction, can cause jolts on our planet. But for the Marsquake in question, scientists haven’t identified a cause yet. The good news is that they don’t seem to be willing to stop looking for answers.
The magnitude of the new Marsquake reached 4.7. Although it might seem like nothing, it was still significantly stronger than any other quake recorded on Mars. NASA’s InSight Mars Lander detected the recent quake from the Red Planet due to its seismometer.
John Clinton, who’s a seismologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, explained:
The energy released by this single marsquake is equivalent to the cumulative energy from all other Marsquakes we’ve seen so far, and although the event was over 2000 kilometers (1200 miles) distant, the waves recorded at InSight were so large they almost saturated our seismometer.
Taichi Kawamura, a planetary scientist, stated:
This was definitely the biggest marsquake that we have seen,
Stay tuned for more exciting stuff following this.
Back in April 2021, our publication also shared the news about two other quakes occurring on Mars.