Earthquakes

4 Nov

Divergent boundary

On Wednesday, October 19, 2011 an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 and depth of  7.6 miles hit the Azores Islands. The Azores Islands sit along the mid Atlantic  ridge line. The earthquake occurred because of Slip -strike (transform fault) as the plate diverge , the curve of the Atlantic ridge  grinds against each other in opposite direction.

Continental to Continental collision

On  Sunday, October 16, 2011 an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 and depth of 62.3 miles hit  the Kashmir Mountain. The Kashmir Mountain quake occurred because of the continental collision.  Eurasian Tectonic Plate  colliding with  the Indian  Tectonic Plate. The Area is home to K2 Mountain, the second highest mountain in the world.

Oceanic to Oceanic convergent

On Thursday , October 13,2011 an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 and depth of 21.7 miles  hit the Mariana Islands. The Mariana Islands sit in the ring of fire area, where the Pacific Tectonic Plate converge against the Australian Tectonic Plate. The earthquake occurred as the Pacific Plate gets pushed underneath the Australian Plate  through the process of subduction.

Transform boundary

On Monday , October 17, 2011 an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 and depth of 0.7 mile hit the Southern California area.The  Southern California earthquake occurred due to the San Andreas fault line. The San Andreas Is created  by the North American Tectonic Plate moving south and  Pacific Tectonic Plate moving north.

Oceanic to Continental Convergent

On Wednesday, October 19,2011  an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 and depth of 9.5 hit the  coast of Aisen.The Coast of Aisen, Chile  sits  between Nazca Tectonic Plate and South American Tectonic  Plate . The earthquake occurred due to Nazca plate converging against the South American Plate.

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