Tag Archives: North American Plate

Katla Volcano: “Should I Stay or Should I Blow?” Major Eruption May Be Imminent

Presently, “Should I Blow?” might be answered with a resounding “Yes!” in the near future. Although volcanologists and seismologists can trace the current period of Katla unrest to 1999 and even a couple of times over the past year tremors and earthquakes have spurred concern of an imminent eruption, the current level of unrest is quite high. In fact, after a long period of magnitude-three tremors, a magnitude-four quake was detected last week.

DHS Considers Devastating West Coast Tsunami “When, Not If”

We’re all familiar with the Department of Homeland Security. Created in 2002 following the September 11th terrorist attacks, the DHS is a cabinet department of the United States federal government with the primary responsibility of protecting the United States from, and responding to terrorist attacks. Additionally, and perhaps not as well known, it plans for […]

When Plates Collide: Earthquakes of Japan

Why is this area so prone to such frequent earthquakes? It’s what amounts to the Perfect Storm of tectonics. Five of Earth’s massive plates meet in this area and grind upon one another.