Plate Tectonics Press Release

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| | |Plate Tectonics Press Release | | | | | |Samantha Crofford | |Jacqueline Powell…show more content…
The point at which an earthquake originates on the surface is called the epicenter (Earthquakes). Practically all of the major processes that occur on the surface of the earth are related to plate tectonics. Earthquakes, volcanism, and mountain building are three of the most spectacular earth processes related to tectonic activity, however many other processes like metamorphism, sedimentary rock formation, among others are related directly or indirectly to plate tectonics. In the interactive image below, you can see the relationship between them (Plate Tectonics, 2007). [pic] (Plate Tectonics, 2007) There are many historical disasters associated with past earthquakes. The greatest Southern California earthquake in modern history was the Fort Tejon Earthquake on January 9, 1857 that measured 8.0 on the Richter Scale. Damage was not nearly as serious as it would be today, mostly because Southern California was sparsely populated. The effects of the quake were quite dramatic, even frightening. If the Fort Tejon shock were to happen today, the damage would easily run into billions of dollars, and the loss of life would be substantial (County of Los Angeles). There were also earthquakes in China, Shansi on January 23, 1556 with damage of about 270 miles away and 830,000 in deaths, Sumatra, Indonesia on December 26, 2004 with 227,898 in deaths from the earthquake and tsunami, and in January 12, 2010 in Haiti with 222,570 deaths and
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