Earthquakes and plate tectonics
Most earthquakes occur at plate boundaries. Where plates spread apart, earthquakes are shallow and small. Where plates slip past each other, they are shallow but frequently large. The San Andreas Fault is one such boundary. Where plates collide, earthquakes mark zones where one plate dives beneath another. These earthquakes occur at various depths, from shallow to deep. The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964, one of the largest ever recorded, took place at a collision plate boundary.
Topic: Earth Science
Subtopic: Plate Tectonics
Keywords: Earthquake magnitude, Earthquakes, Faults (Geology), Plate tectonics
Tightly folded rocks like the ones in this outcrop illustrate how rocks can be deformed at high temperatures and pressures.