Types Of Plate Boundaries Environments

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Earthquakes are shaking motions and vibrations of Earth caused by large releases of energy that accompany volcanic eruptions, movements of Earth’s bedrock along fault lines, and landslides. Earthquakes can cause severe damage to buildings, roads and other infrastructures, and other hazards. Earthquakes produce waves of vibrations and shaking called seismic waves that help to better to identify and describe an earthquake.
The shaking motions and vibrations of an earthquake, caused by large releases of energy on slopes of the earth’s crust is a fault called plate boundary. There are three main types of plate boundaries environments: divergent, convergent, and transform. Plate boundaries differ depending on the location which is subject to different inter-plate stresses, hence producing four types of earthquakes: Tectonic, volcanic, collapse, and explosion.
At divergent boundaries, earthquakes are shallow, and aligned strictly on the axis of spreading and show an extension mechanism. Volcanoes are also formed in this type of boundary, when two plates move apart, gaps are produced which molten lava rises to fill.
At transform boundaries, earthquakes are shallow, running as deep as 25 km: mechanisms indicate strike-slip motion. Transform boundaries tend to have earthquakes smaller than magnitude 8.5. One example of a transform plate boundary is The San Andreas fault in California. The San Andreas fault is about 800 miles long (1,287 kilometers), stretches from the Mendocino…
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