Earthquake distribution


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Earthquake distribution

  1. 1. Adam Smith
  2. 2. <ul><li>Many earthquakes happen around plate boundaries, mainly convergent boundary types </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Major earthquakes are more present in South America and the Philippines than earthquakes in 2010 </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Convergent plate boundaries are associated with larger earthquakes </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>100 miles- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>≈ 47.63% of all major earthquakes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>200 miles- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>≈ 71.52% of all major earthquakes </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Philippines </li></ul><ul><li>Pacific Northwest </li></ul><ul><li>South America </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Indonesia </li></ul><ul><li>Alaska </li></ul><ul><li>The Mediterranean </li></ul><ul><li>Burma </li></ul><ul><li>Lesser Antilles (in the Caribbean) </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Philippines - It is a prime region for a major earthquake because of its lack of earthquakes in recent years </li></ul><ul><li>Pacific Northwest – This area is known for major earthquakes, and earthquakes here are even more potent because it is near a convergent boundary </li></ul><ul><li>South America – The three largest earthquakes in the world have occurred here </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand – It had a recent earthquake, and there is a lack of earthquakes in the past year </li></ul><ul><li>Japan – A major earthquake just hit here and is historically, a earthquake hotspot </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Indonesia – Huge earthquakes occur here and a major earthquake hit around 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Alaska – Earthquakes here are not as well known, but consistent earthquakes over 7 occur here </li></ul><ul><li>The Mediterranean – it lacks earthquakes in recent years </li></ul><ul><li>Burma – A major earthquake happened historically and is affected by the same plates as Indonesia </li></ul><ul><li>Lesser Antilles (in the Caribbean) – Last year, a major earthquake occurred here and is a historic earthquake hotspot </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>As more data is known from major earthquakes, data plots can be determined </li></ul><ul><li>From these data points, correlations can be made to specify which areas are a main target for earthquakes </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What have you learned about earthquakes and earthquake prediction? – Areas that have not many earthquakes in recent years are more likely to have a major earthquake such as Haiti (in the Caribbean) and Japan </li></ul><ul><li>What factors influence earthquake prediction? - Areas that are near plate boundaries are more likely to experience an earthquake , but locations with convergent or transform boundaries are more likely to experience an earthquake that are large </li></ul><ul><li>Where on Earth do most of the really big earthquakes strike? – Earthquakes that are near convergent boundaries usually experience the largest earthquakes </li></ul>