Chile (2010) vs Sumatra (2004)

Learn how Chile's tectonic setting and megathrust earthquake of 2010 is similar to the catastrophic earthquake in Sumatra in 2004 by touching icons on this interactive map. Includes, location of Great earthquakes, volcanoes, direction of plate movement, subduction zone, rupture zone and tsunami extent.

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What do these subduction zones have in common?

  • Both have volcanoes lined up parallel to the plate boundary
  • Both have had Great earthquakes
  • Both have faster moving oceanic plate diving beneath a slower plate
  • Both have generated tsunamis that traveled across the Pacific Ocean

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