Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Sonscreen, May 27, 2006.
This is just terrible.
hasn't that area of the globe suffered enough?
Damn, wonder why that area is so active with bad earthquakes lately.
I'm going to go out on a limb and blame plate tectonics.
It ain't called the Ring of Fire out of some tribute to Johnny Cash, y'know.
Over 230,000 dead, wow man that's horrible.
I think its only 3700 so far.....
if it were close to a quarter of million I would be scared the hell out of myself.
its still a tragedy....I wonder if that volcano had also upset the tectonic plaques and made an earthquake of this magnitude.
It's the other way around. Volcanos are abundant in the Ring of Fire because its where several tectonic plates meet and form subduction zones. The plates moving on top of one another creates much more violent earthquakes than fault lines formed from cracks in the tectonic plates, which I believe are the types of fault lines in California, other than the San Andreas fault line. The volcanos are formed from the lower plate melting into the mantle and producing magma chambers below the upper plate. Magma shifting inside the volcano can cause earthquaks, that's why Mt. St. Helens had such a violent eruption compared to what was expected in 1980, but they aren't as strong as 6.3.
thanks for the explanation...Im kinda rusty in geography and geology.-last I studied this, was like 3 years ago.-
sometimes I cant help but being amazed at my own planet.
Death count was over 4200 last time I watched the news.
Its all happening down that part of the world at the moment, what with that and East Timor going bonkers.
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