earthquakes 2012 (1) - 1 What patterns do you see in the...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1. What patterns do you see in the distribution of earthquakes across the continental United States? Most of the west coast in the United States is at high levels of risk, particularly in the south-west area as it is located on the pacific tectonic plate fault line. Also, in the Central Eastern regions there are areas of reasonable risk. The Northern and Southern and south-eastern regions are under no significant risk. Therefore, because of the mentioned risks, many earthquakes in the continental US occur along the Pacific Coast, especially in the coastline of California, as well as, along the borders between Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. 2. Locate your home on this map and make a note of the relative risk to you by indicating the color where you live. The USGS also reports on earthquakes around the world. Visit this interactive map to find the latest global earthquake data from the past seven days: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/. In the Texas region there are very low probabilities of an earthquake occurrence. The area bears no significant risk to such an event. The latest earthquake occurred today according to the map the recorded data is as follows: Magnitude 5.0 - NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA 2012 January 08 06:20:08 UTC 3. What patterns do you see in the distribution of earthquakes around the world? I notice that the greater part of earthquakes occur on the left landside of the Pacific plate, which is the fault line located between the Pacific/Eurasian and Pacific/Australasian plates. It is to the right landside of the Pacific plate where the majority of earthquakes occur in the US. The western coast of South America also has experienced an abundance of earthquakes on the right- hand side of the Nazca tectonic plate. Other fault lines exist where a number of earthquakes occur, but the greater part are located in areas such as Mainland Europe, Eurasia, and Africa which are areas of low occurrence.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
4. Click on one of the earthquakes on the map and make a note of its magnitude and region. Magnitude: 3.7; Region: Northern California (Event nc71500870) 5. Would you be willing to live in one of the red areas on the map? Explain. I consider that living in one of the red areas on the map poses a greater danger to my life and
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course HOMEWORK AC420 taught by Professor Atkins during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

Page1 / 5

earthquakes 2012 (1) - 1 What patterns do you see in the...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online