Dear Mr. President,

 

Referring to my research, I can tell that the most recent earthquakes are going to occur in certain locations along the Pacific Rim.  More specifically, the western coast of North and South America, and the eastern side of Asia, are most likely to experience earthquakes.  Some other locations earthquakes may arise are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and southern areas of Europe.  All of these earthquake regions are located where the earth’s plate boundaries meet one another.

In my research I did discover that there is a way to determine which parts of the world are most prone to earthquakes.  One can tell where earthquakes may take place by mapping where they last occurred.  Plus, one could also look at the different regions where the edges of plates in the earth meet to see where the plates can cause stress in the earth’s crust when they shift and move in opposite directions.  This creates a release in energy that results in an earthquake.

In addition, I found that there is also a relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes.  It appears that volcanic activity and most earthquakes occur along plate boundaries in the same regions.  As plates shift, magma is released upward and overlying crust may buckle, resulting in an earthquake.  In fact, the earthquake that occurs may serve as a warning that volcanic eruptions may occur in that area in the future.

Earthquakes are caused when the earth’s plates move together, bump together, or spread apart and shift.  All of these movements cause stress in the earth’s crust as the plates move in opposing directions.  As a result, energy is released, causing earthquakes to occur.

I hope I have been helpful in answering all of your concerns.

 

                                              Scientifically yours,

                                              Wendy M.