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Investigating EarthquakesReporting Results<br />By Victoria Voronovich<br />
Top-10 list-The “Next Big One”<br />Western Siberia<br />Coast of western <br />South America<br />Arctic ocean above <br />Russia<br />Indonesia<br />West coast of Mexico<br />West Coast of America off of Oregon and Washington State<br />British Colombia, Canada<br />Northern Border of India<br />New Zealand<br />Pacific Islands<br />
Next Major Earthquake<br />I think that the next major earthquake is going to happen in an island in the Pacific Ocean, probably off the coast of New Zealand or around there. I think this because of the big New Zealand Earthquake in Christchurch, and the even bigger Japanese earthquake earlier this month. It seems that the pacific plate is under a lot of stress right now, and there is a large concentration of dots scattered around the area.<br />
What have you learned about earthquakes and earthquake prediction?<br /> I have learned that earthquakes can be predicted, but that doesn’t mean that it can be expected. Also, earthquakes are caused by stress in the mantle under the area of the quake, when it has to escape somewhere. The stress can build up for months or even years before a major quake.<br />
What factors influence earthquake prediction?<br />Factors that influence earthquake prediction are<br />Time between earthquakes<br />Location (on a plate boundary or not)<br />The build-up of stress in the mantle below the area of the quake<br />
Where on Earth do most of the big earthquakes strike?<br />A lot of the really big earthquakes strike around tectonic plate boundaries, especially the Pacific and North American, and Pacific and Eurasian. Some can happen in the Caribbean plate, as we’ve seen with the Haitian earthquake last year, too. <br />