Plate Tectonic Case Studies (21 page information booklet)

This include case studies of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes in both MEDCs and LEDCs

Earthquakes: New Zealand 2010-11, L'Aquila Italy 2009, Haiti 2010, Nepal 2015

Tsunmais: Indian Ocean 2004 and Japan 2011

Volcanoes: Mount Merapi (Indonesia) 2010, Mount Sinabung (Indonesia) 2013-14, Eyjafjallajokull (Iceland) 2010, Mount Ontake (Japan) 2014

Contains: Location, type of plate, causes, impacts, responses, future, photos, diagrams and maps

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Sophie Blaney

Plate Tectonic Case Study Portfolio

New Zealand:
Epicentre was 25 miles west of Christchurch and the focus was
shallow at 6 miles

4:35am 4 September 2010
7.1 magnitude
Conservative plate margin Pacific Plate slid past the Australian
Plate in the opposite direction (causing thousands of aftershocks)


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Short term ­
St John's ambulance service was operational within half an hour of the earthquake
Ensuring people were safe from dangerous buildings
Media helped alert the rest of the country to search and rescue for survivors
Long term ­
Estimate of the cost of the earthquake was $1.4 billion…

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Short term ­
Care was given to the most vulnerable people
International aid provided in the form of money (around $7 billion) and aid workers
Zoning of areas to classify damage and cost of repairs
Chemical toilets provided to over 30'000 residents
The Canterbury Art Gallery which had been…

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Destructive plate margin African plate is subducted below the continental Eurasian plate

Movement of African and Eurasian plates
Multiple microplates in the Mediterranean result
in frequent seismic activity
Several aftershocks following the main earthquake

Primary ­
309 people were killed and over 1'600 injured
Thousands of building were…

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The prosecution of scientists and officials who downplayed the risks of a large quake in
L'Aquila, after a series of tremors shook the city in early 2009
Italian prime minister pledged to build a new town to replace L'Aquila; with 4'500
buildings to house 12'000 people
Improved planning regulations…

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7.0 magnitude
Conservative plate margin North American Plate sliding past the Caribbean Plate

Both the North American and Caribbean plates move in the
same direction, but one moves faster than the other
Haiti is on a strike slip fault that runs off a destructive plate margin to the north…

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The airport struggled to cope with the number of planes trying to fly in and unload aid
Bottled water and water purification tablets were supplied to survivors
Field hospitals were set up and helicopters flew wounded people to nearby countries
$100 million in aid given by the USA and $330…

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11:56am 25 April (after shock ­ 12:54pm 26 April)

7.8 magnitude (after shock ­ 6.7 magnitude)
Collision zone ­ Indian plate and Eurasian plate colliding, resulting in the Indian plate subducting
the overriding Eurasian plate

Indian plate converging (colliding) with Eurasian at a rate of 45 mm/year, driving the…

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On 1 May doctors and the Red Cross medically evacuated seriously injured people by
helicopter to inflatable hospitals
Video cameras on long flexible poles and detecting CO2 concentration helped locate

survivors in rubble
Long term ­

Relief efforts were delayed by Nepalese government insistence on routing aid through the

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7:58am 26 December 2004

9.1 magnitude earthquake

Destructive plate margin ­ Indo ­ Australian (oceanic) plate subducting underneath the Eurasian
plate (continental)


Mega thrust earthquake involved a 20 metre uplift of the sea floor covering a stretch of
around 746 miles of plate suddenly shifting
The uplift caused the…




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