Bolivia, a landlocked country located in western-central South America, has been hit by an earthquake, near Tarija in the south of the country at a depth of 344 miles.
A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Bolivia on Monday, but it was so deep that there were no reports of injuries or damage. Light tremors were felt in Bolivia’s capital and other cities. But the quake caused people to evacuate office buildings. No reports of injuries or damage to property has been reported.
So what is an earth quake?
An Earthquake is any sudden shaking of the ground caused by the passage of seismic waves through Earth’s rocks. Seismic waves are produced when some form of energy stored in Earth’s crust is suddenly released, usually when masses of rock straining against one another suddenly fracture and “slip”. Earthquakes occur most often along geologic faults, narrow zones where rock masses move in relation to one another. The major fault lines of the world are located at the fringes of the huge tectonic plates that make up Earth’s crust.