Unformatted text preview: Alaska. Most earthquakes however appear to occur between the Pacific and Indian plates, all the way from Australia up to Asia. On April 8 th 2006, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 occurred near the Coast of Peru. The Earthquake took place at 3:06:15. Because South America is such an active place for volcanism, Peru has experienced many earthquakes. The Earthquake was caused by thrust faulting along the boundary where the Nazca plate subducts beneath the South American Plate. As the Oceanic plate essentially dives under the Continental plate, subduction occurs and since it was along a fault, an earthquake was caused. Also, there are many volcanoes that can form from these plate boundaries....
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course GEO 33 taught by Professor Jim during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.
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