Fairly Strong Earthquake Registered on Planet Mars
The planet Mars was hit by a fairly strong earthquake last week. It had a magnitude of 5.0, making it the heaviest shock ever recorded on another planet.
Quakes on Mars can’t get much stronger than this either, and the magnitude is approaching the maximum.
A French device in the American Marslander InSight measured the quake on May 4. The InSight landed on Mars in 2018 and has recorded more than 1,300 quakes since then. Until last week, the strongest of these was a 4.2 magnitude quake in August last year.
The American space agency NASA cannot yet say exactly where the quake happened and what caused the vibrations. Further research should clarify this. However, quakes can say something about the composition of the interior of Mars.