The Moon was once hot, but over time it began to cool, with a dramatic result: the celestial body began to shrink. This process leads to earthquakes and landslides.
One New search Research into how documented lunar earthquakes affect the lunar surface, especially the lunar south pole. This area may be of great interest for future human and robotic exploration. The research demonstrated that some surface slopes in the area are particularly vulnerable to collapse as a result of an earthquake.
The moon's loose sedimentary soil allows earthquakes and landslides to occur.
Lunarquakes occur at a not-so-deep depth, 50-220 kilometers below the surface. Compared to earthquakes, they are not very strong. The strongest lunar earthquake to date had a maximum magnitude of 5.7, and its epicenter was at the moon's south pole. Although weaker than their counterparts on Earth, lunar earthquakes can last for hours, so this phenomenon should not be underestimated, writes the scientist. Planetary Science Journal A study published in the journal
Researchers are still working to understand lunar quakes and exploring areas uninhabitable for humans. Moon bases should not be established in these places either, so the results could be very important when planning manned lunar missions.