Astonishing video reveals what happens when earthquake strikes underwater

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.14 - 2023 9:35 AM CET

Photo: TikTok
Photo: TikTok
Astonishing video reveals what happens when earthquake strikes underwater.

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Earthquake footage is often captured on land, showing buildings swaying, furniture falling, and people in panic. However, underwater earthquakes are rarely seen.

Recently, scuba divers experienced this phenomenon firsthand during an expedition. A TikTok video captures this rare event, showing the divers exploring oceanic coral in a serene environment, surrounded by fish.

Suddenly, the tranquility is disrupted. A powerful current violently shifts the divers, tossing them around amidst flying debris. They struggle to hold onto anything for stability.

The video concludes before normalcy returns, but the brief glimpse was enough to astonish internet viewers.

Online reactions varied, with one TikTok user expressing newfound fear of being in the ocean during an earthquake. Another was amazed at the sight of a diver clinging to a rock, not realizing it was the ground moving.

A third pondered the changes in underwater currents during such events, while a fourth admitted never considering the ocean's vulnerability to earthquakes.

The footage, according to Stuff, was taken in the Banda Sea near Indonesia's Maluku Islands. The earthquake in question was a significant 7.2 magnitude seismic event.

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