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Re: Such Carnage is Hard to Believe!

Geoffrey Welsh (reply@newsgroup.please)
Sat, 01 Jan 2005 12:30:44 -0500

Marcus Didius Falco wrote:

> The real question is whether there are two plates colliding under the
> Atlantic: if there aren't, then major Tsunamis are unlikely.

In fact, there are two plates _diverging_ right down the center of the
north Atlantic; Iceland, which you mentioned, is the result of the
constant flow of lava out of the 'mid-Atlantic rift'. However, since
the plates are moving apart, the seismic activity is constant and
fairly smooth, so pressure doesn't build up to earthquakes.

Geoffrey Welsh <Geoffrey [dot] Welsh [at] big foot [dot] com>

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: What what about the 'more traditional
and conventional place' for earthquakes in the USA, in California?
A seismologist on television last Monday (just after the disturbance
in Asia) suggested such a thing was 'much more likely' along the
southern California coastline; not that it was predicted or expected,
just that there was 'no reason it could not happen', given the way the
earth is always rumbling around out there. PAT]

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