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Re: Such Carnage is Hard to Believe!
Sat, 1 Jan 2005 19:57:32 EST

In a message dated Sat, 01 Jan 2005 12:30:44 -0500, Geoffrey Welsh <
<reply@newsgroup.please> writes:

> 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]

That's why there is a warning system along the Pacific Coast
(continguous U.S.A. west coast, west coast of Canada, Alaska and
Hawaii). Tsunamis have occured in Hawaii and Alaska.

Isn't the San Andreas fault the boundary of two plates slipping past
each other from time to time?

There is no similar likely source of tsunamis in the Atlantic.

Wes Leatherock

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