Understanding Plate Motions Feature Summary

Type:
From Physics Research
Title:
Understanding Plate Motions
Description:
This map, from a USGS poster, shows the epicenter of the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan, China, along with the boundary, at the lower left, between the India Plate and the Eurasian Plate. The northward movement of the India plate produces the frequent seismic activity in China.

For the theory of the movements of plates in the Earth's crust, visit the USGS' Understanding Plate Motions.

(This feature was updated on July 19, 2013.)
Image:
image credit: USGS; <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/eqarchives/poster/2008/20080512.php" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.physicstogo.com/images/features/Chinaquake-large3-05-21-08.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: USGS; image source; larger image
Image URL:
http://www.physicstogo.com/images/features/Chinaquake-large3-05-21-08.jpg
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