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)
September 2010:
Movement of Pacific and Australian plates
Potential seismic lensing (huge amount of energy reflecting off hard basalt rock)
4 September 2010 until 4 September 2011, there were around 9,000 aftershocks and
As many as 100 faults have been identified around New Zealand (some as close to 12 miles
from central Christchurch)
On Boxing Day (26 December 2010) there was a large aftershock of the September
earthquake of magnitude 4.9 and 7 miles deep
Primary ­
One person died of a heart attack and 2 were seriously injured
Brick chimneys toppled through tile roofs
One of the few cases of serious injury was caused by a falling chimney
Christchurch hospital forced to used emergency generators
Historic stone churches were badly damaged, although both the Anglican and Catholic
cathedrals survived with minor cracking
Secondary ­
Schools were closed for about two weeks after the earthquake, due to damage to school
land and buildings, lack of power or water, transport difficulties and frequent aftershocks
Soil liquefaction caused flooding, damaged buried pipes and building foundations
Warnings issues not to drink running water because of contamination from broken sewage

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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.…read more

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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 designed to be earthquake proof survived and
was turned into an emergency response centre
Long term ­
Building insurance claims paid were around $900 million
Temporary housing provided to those who moved out of their…read more

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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 damaged or destroyed (even some which were considered
earthquake proof such as the university)
Collapse of medieval buildings and cathedral
Collapsed bridge caused water pipe to break
Landslides and rock falls were triggered by earthquake…read more

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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
Aftershocks occurred in the following days, including a magnitude 5.…read more

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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 million by the European Union
Around 810,000 people placed in aid camps
Long term ­
Haïti was already reliant on international aid for over 30% of national GDP even before the
6 months after…read more

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April (after shock ­ 12:54pm 26 April)
7.8 magnitude (after shock ­ 6.…read more

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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
Prime Minister's Disaster Relief Fund and Emergency Operation Centre
Asian Development Bank provided $3 million to Nepal for immediate relief efforts as well
as $200 million for rehabilitation
UK gave £73 million (combined from government and…read more

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December 2004
9.…read more



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