Strong 5.0 Earthquake Rocks Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

According to USGS, the earthquake struck at 9:01 pm ET tonight at a depth of 10 km; the earthquake was centered in a seismically active portion of the Mid Atlantic ridge near 28.208°N 43.882°W.

The  central Mid Atlantic Ridge  separates the South American Plate from the African Plate. In this part of the world, the two plates are moving apart, triggering earthquakes as they split above the ridge.

These plates are based on the scientific theory of Plate Tectonics, which describes the large-scale motion of plates making up the Earth’s lithosphere. Scientists believe tectonic processes began on Earth between 3.3 and 3.5 billion years, building upon the concept of continental drift, a scientific
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