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Mysterious earthquake swarm in Central Europe hints at magma activity in region far from tectonic boundary

Strange Sounds

May 13, 2024

An odd earthquake swarm on the border of Germany and the Czech Republic may hint at magma moving deep below the surface.

The quakes are in Vogtland, a region known for regular, low-level earthquake swarms. These swarms tend to last several weeks and lead to mostly mild shaking. The largest known quakes from the area are around magnitude 4.5, said Torsten Dahm, a geophysicist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences who’s leading a project monitoring this region.

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