Divers Film Insane Underwater Earthquake Shaking The Seafloor


Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockApr 14 2017, 17:33 UTC

Shake, shake, shake. Jan Paul Rodriguez/Facebook

Ever seen an underwater earthquake? This group of divers in the Philippines managed to keep the camera rolling while an earthquake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale, rocked the seabed just meters below them.


The video was shot by Jan Paul Rodriguez near Mabini, Batangas in the Philippines last weekend. As result of this freak geological activity, the divers were forced to abort their expedition but lucky they all made it out with any injuries.

"It felt like there was a huge propeller of a big boat turning around directly above us, we heard underwater the trembling of rocks under the ground and we felt the shock wave, it hurt our ears, feeling heavy breathing and sudden changes in pressure," the filmer told Newsflare.

"The seabed pumped up and down immediately followed by a strong shaking of the ground and small rocks falling," he added.

This part of the Philippines lays within the "Ring of Fire”, where the edges of numerous vast tectonic plates create a horseshoe-shaped band of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts around the Pacific Ocean. As a result, this ring is home to 90 percent of the world's earthquakes, as well as a fair amount of volcanic activity. 


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