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San Fernando valley Haiti Loma Prieta Mexico City Bam
California USA San Francisco Iran
WHEN? January 17th 1994 January 12th 2010 October 17th 1989 September 19th 1985 December 26th 2003
WHY? Occurred on a blind thrust fault Occurred on a blind thrust fault Situated near pacific plate Situated on three…

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N.East coast Japan Tsunami

WHEN? March 11th 2011
WHY? The pacific plate subducts under
Honshu plate at a rate of 8/9cm
per year (destructive plate
boundary) plate gets caught
pulled down then there's a
build-up in elastic energy and
the plate eventually cracks and
the plate rebounds upwards (a

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- 24-25 million tonnes of rubble


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