MUST SEE: The moon is shrinking and may be causing powerful quakes - study

2019-06-15 15:25

Newly-published research has found evidence that the moon is shrinking and may still be tectonically active.

In a new study published in Nature Geoscience, researchers analysed data from seismometers placed on the moon during the Apollo missions.

"We found that a number of the quakes recorded in the Apollo data happened very close to the faults seen in the [NASA’s Apollo and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter missions] LRO imagery," Nicholas Schmerr, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Maryland, said in a statement.

"It’s quite likely that the faults are still active today. You don’t often get to see active tectonics anywhere but Earth, so it’s very exciting to think these faults may still be producing moonquakes."

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