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NASA's InSight lander detects the biggest quake on Mars yet

NASA's InSight lander detects the biggest quake on Mars yet

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A magnitude 5 quake shook the surface of Mars on May 4, the strongest temblor ever detected not only on Mars but on any planet besides Earth. 

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The marsquake, detected by NASA's InSight lander, surpassed the previous record-holder, a 4.2-magnitude quake that took place in August 2021.

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"NASA InSight's team & partners just received prelim data from Mars on what's believed to be the largest seismic activity ever recorded on another planet!"

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NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen said on Twitter.

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"Preliminary estimate: Magnitude 5 event. Must be patient as teams analyze the data."

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In Earth terms, a magnitude 5 earthquake would be no big deal. On our planet, such earthquakes occur half a million times per year and rarely cause serious damage.

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