Located close to the small islands of Mayotte, a low-frequency pattern of waves literally made its way around the world in 2018, which left geologists both excited and interested in what was happening around the world.
Considering that waves are affected by the earth’s frequency and display the occurrence of possible earthquakes, it’s something to be taken note of. Thousands of earthquakes occurred between the region of Africa and Madagascar underneath the water, which were mostly minor earthquakes, but also a few bigger ones, which reached a magnitude of 5.8.
In this region, there has never been an earthquake as big, which raises even more questions as to why it formed in 2018, and what’s to come thereafter.
Referred to as a seismic swarm, the low-frequency rumble of waves also rippled around the world, alerting sensors that were as far as 11,000 miles away.
The Source of Major Waves and Possible Earthquakes in the Ocean
French scientists and geologists have discovered that the phenomena occurred due to the rumbling of an underwater submarine volcano, which was located 31 miles from Mayotte’s shore.
Discovering the seismic swarm of waves, scientists from France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) piled up surveys and research related to the history of the region. The research showed that the IFREMER, a French research institute, previously also discovered six underwater seismometers, which has been picking up on earthquake frequencies a few months prior to the occurrence.
Up until 2019 scientists have been continuing their research to publish it in a journal that will present a better understanding about why these patterns of waves occur and whether there is a possibility of earthquakes occurring above 5.8 on the Richter scale. Research about the newly discovered volcano and its link to the earthquakes will also be published, in the attempt to prevent future risks presented by the discovery.