Why Cambodia Doesn’t Have Earthquake?


The reason that Cambodia doesn’t have earthquakes is that the country is part of the Australian tectonic plate. But don’t be fooled by the geography class picture of the tectonic plates that shows the Australian plate covering the eastern half of the globe. The Australian plate doesn’t roll over the country; it goes around it.

Other countries in Asia is also founded that earthquake had happened too such as China. China was also shaken by a smaller earthquake. It is not yet clear what the relation between all these earthquakes might be. But some scientists claim that this area of tectonic plates is known as “earthquake alley” and that a big destructive earthquake is overdue in this area. In the meantime, the situation in Cambodia’s capital, where the majority of the people live, is calm, since the earthquake was far away from the city center.

From the past until now, Cambodia has never experienced the earthquake before thanks to its location far from the edges of tectonic plates which move and collide deep below the surface. A country that far from tectonic plate is one of the reason that earthquake doesn’t hit Cambodia.

Cambodia has suffered from typhoons and devastating floods; however, it isn’t so serious like some countries that were hit by tsunamis, and other serious natural disasters.

Location in Cambodia is a very good place to live. If you live in this country, no worry about the natural disasters, volcano eruption, tsunamis, and other serious disasters. It’s safe to live in Cambodia due to the fact that earthquake doesn’t hit this country.

However, there will still be a chance that Cambodia will be hit by earthquake, but it’s just only the prediction. As proof the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs have published a risk assessment which suggests Cambodia has at least a 20% chance of experiencing at-least a Degree VI earthquake (Degree VI earthquake is expected a magnitude 5 to 5.9 earthquake) event within the next 50 years.

Anyway currently Cambodia has never experienced any serious disasters before including earthquake, tsunami, but who knows what will happen in the future will it be happened or not? Although Cambodia has at least a 20% of hitting by earthquake in the future, but the percentage of experiencing remains low, so people should not be worried too much about it.

 


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