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StL WeatherJunkie

Alaska Earthquake

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Unlike the San Andreas Fault in California...the Alaskan earthquake is along a 'subduction' fault..which has a tectonic plate sub-ducting under another plate..a kind of 're-cycling' of heavier older crust is subducted below to be heated and become fuel for the abundant volcanic activity that occurs in Alaska(and the 'Ring Of Fire' as the rim of the upper Pacific basin is AKA)...Alaska was hit with the second largest modern day earthquake on Mar. 27, 1964 an incredible 9.2 magnitude...a large earthquake of 7.9 mag hit in 2002...

see story for more history on Alaskan Earthquake at...http://seismic.alaska.gov/earthquake_risk.html...this sit is not rated https  so you might not wish to use a link... 

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