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NASA's InSight Mars lander has detected the largest quake ‘Monster Quake’ measured at magnitude-5 was detected on the surface of Mars by NASA's InSight Mars lander. The quake occurred on the 1,222nd Martian day of the lander's mission.
This is the strongest seismic event ever detected not only on Mars but on any planet other than the Earth, which surpassed the previous record quake. Previously, a 4.2-magnitude quake was recorded on the mars surface that took place in August 2021.
The reason for this marsquake is not yet known.
In Earth terms, a magnitude 5 quake occurs half a million times per year and rarely causes serious damage. But the red planet (Mars) is tectonically much more peaceful, and a magnitude 5 quake is powerful.
By studying the seismic waves traveling across the Planet, scientists hope to learn more about the planet's different layers - crust, mantle, and core. This research can help scientists to know more about the formation of the planet.
Volcanic activity is also thought to be generating seismic waves on Mars, and experts continue to identify new patterns in the data that Insight and its seismometer have already logged and beamed back to Earth.
The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars. It was launched by NASA in May 2018. This lander was manufactured by Lockheed Martin Space Systems and maintained by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).