The Haiti Earthquake of 2010 stemmed from the area surrounding the border of both the Caribbean and North American plates. The movement of these two plates stems from the Caribbean plate’s eastward movement along the North American plate at a rate of about 20 mm/yr. Figure 2 shows the plate tectonics that are associated with th... ... middle of paper ... ...n-File Report 2010-1048, 58 p. "Magnitude 7.0 - HAITI REGION." Magnitude 7.0 - HAITI REGION. U.S. Geological Survey, n.d.
Power of the quake When humans are under tremendous pressure, they are told that they should try and relieve some stress. The same is true of mother earth when she is under a terrible strain; she has to relieve some stress, only Earths version of blowing off some steam is very deadly and extremely terrifying. An earthquake is a vibration of the Earths surface that follows a release of energy in the Earths crust. There are various ways this energy is released. Manmade explosions, dislocation of segments of the crust or volcanic eruptions are all triggers for an Earthquake; however, most are caused by a slippage of faults.
These peak slip values were then adjusted so that the total plate convergence matches the total slip the 19 events caused over the last 10,000 years, and were used to find possible source locations for the earthquake. Also, using paleoseismic observations (looking at geologic rocks and sediments for information about earthquakes), observations of global analogues, and fault dislocation theory final earthquake sources can be determined. Customized hazard maps can then be made depending on the source of the earthquake ... ... middle of paper ... ...Feared." FOX5 San Diego.
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Earthquakes in General By: Jonathan Levron “Earthquakes are one of the most potent natural powers on earth and regularly affect people around the world. Unlike often equally destructive severe weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes can hit at any time. Earthquakes can also have a array of magnitudes with the strongest having disturbing consequences for the zones where they are concentrated, nearby areas, and even some far away in the instance of earthquake-generated tsunamis” (Briney 1). We think that the ground beneath us is unmoving but the earth’s crust is constantly moving and the destructive forces caused by this moving are called earthquakes. I will be talking about several topics: What causes earthquakes, two types of earthquakes, what their affects are, and what we are doing to predict future earthquakes.
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