Earthquake Data By Maggie Hammond and Quinn Foussianes
Our Collected Data
Other Collected Data With Buffer Lines
Our Predicted Earthquakes
The ten places that are predicted to have a big earthquake are:
California with the San Andreas plate. I believe this could be one because it lies right on a plate boundary, and has been a long time since a major earthquake.
China in the Eurasian plate. It has been a long time since this area has had a large earthquake. And it is located right on a plate boundary, which should have earthquakes.
The Arabian plate. It has also been a while since ANY earthquake, which is surrounded by plate boundaries.
Antarctica in the Antarctica plate. Though they have had a major earthquake in the last 100 years, it is located on a moving plate boundary.
At the top of the Indo-Australian plate. Though they have had a earthquake, and many, we have not heard of a major earthquake there in a long time!!!
Near Chile in the South America plate. This plate just recently had a large earthquake, but is on a moving plate that has caused a major earthquake.
At the top of the Arabian plate near Iran. Iran has never had a major earthquake, but is placed on a major hot spot!
Atlantic Ocean near boundary line. The pacific plate has had lots of major earthquakes and about time to have a big earthquake!
Pacific Ocean near trenches. These trenches are huge hot spots, and have frequent earthquakes!
Above Asia and the Eurasian plate. There have been no earthquakes there in over 200 years, and should be having a major earthquake soon!
• What have you learned about earthquakes and earthquake prediction?
I learned that earthquakes happen very frequently, and most of the times we can’t even feel them! I also learned that we could find earthquakes from 2000 BC, which I find amazing. Earthquakes are a very dangerous natural disaster, but if only a rated 4 earthquake, it can be very harmless. I learned that with earthquake prediction it is hard to predict the last year, but it helps to be ready and prepared!
• What factors influence earthquake prediction?
Earthquakes are very hard to predict, but with lots of research and time, it can be possible. You have to see when the last earthquake was, how far away the fault line is, and how active the plate is. If the plate just had a very big earthquake, it would be a while until a very big earthquake would happen again. For example, there was a huge earthquake in California in 1906, but there have been none since then that have been so bad. But, with the information that the 1906 one was very big, they can predict that another big one will come by 2035. Some other places are also predicted to have a major earthquake, because it’s about time!
• Where on Earth do most of the really big earthquakes strike?
Most big earthquakes happen miles away from the boundary line, and near the boundary lines. Plates have times when they can be very active, and make places like the San Andrea’s plate and Japan have huge disaster earthquakes. The biggest do not occur on the changing plate itself, but the energy moves to the places around it. It also depends on the ground below the city or town. If it is a town on sand or soft material, they are likely to have a greater effect by an earthquake. That’s why islands and beaches can have high damage rates from earthquakes.