In August 2010, a Mauritius earthquake produced. It has the 6.3 magnitude and its origins were in the Indian Ocean, in the Mauritius’ East. This Mauritius earthquake had the epicentre at 320 kilometres in the Rodrigues Island’s North-East and also at 901 kilometres of the capital’s East-North-East. Immediate information about damages or casualties was not reported. The initial magnitude of this Mauritius earthquake was of 5.8 and revised later.
It was based on the moment magnitude scale that is now used by the seismologists from USA and measuring the ruptured fault’s area and all the energy that was released. In 2004, Africa was smashed by killer waves caused by huge earthquake on the Indian Ocean’s other side. Even if it wasn’t a Mauritius earthquake, the country was affected as well as Somalia, Seychelles and Kenya. Before arriving here, the massive waves swept about 7000 km from Sumatra. People were drowned and thousands of fishermen and holidaymakers were forced to leave the beaches before the arrival of the wave but some of them didn’t manage to leave in time.
There were 9 people missing in Seychelles and one key bridge making the connection between the main airport of the island and Victoria was destroyed. The president of the island asked the people to remain calm and to help the people in need. A national plan for disasters was formed in order to coordinate the efforts of evacuating the coastal region’s people.
The waves hit the Mauritius’ East and North at 1 p.m. according to a meteorological spokesman who also added that there were no casualties reported on the island or on the other small island, Rodrigues. The picnickers and the holidaymakers were urged by the Mauritius authorities to leave the beaches and advice them to avoid to putt to sea, since the vessels were affected along majority of the countries that borders the Indian Ocean.
The Cap Malhereux, a village on the Mauritius’ North, was submerged for about 4 hours, according to the police. In Port Mathurin, a sudden rise was observed by the weather services. In this principal town of Rodrigues, some stowed boats were broken. In the afternoon of the same day, the sea levels became normal, again. A Mauritius earthquake is normal since the volcanoes and the earthquakes are natural events with very big connection between them. The problem of the volcanic activities’ regain on the island was brought into discussion.
There are geomorphologists that carry deep researches regarding the island volcanoes’ evolution, especially the Mauritius geo-structural evolution. There are five principal phases in which Mauritius have been constructed, geologically speaking. Between each of these phases, there has been a calm period that ranges from half to even one million years. The last emission of lava dates from 20.000 years ago, when the L’Escalier volcano erupted and since a volcanic activity’s regain is possible, there will be no surprise to hear about another Mauritius earthquake. Mauritius also can feel pulses that vibrate from the Reunion Island.