Earthquakes in Alaska

Open-File Report 95-624
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Earthquake risk is high in much of the southern half of Alaska, but it is not the same everywhere. This map shows the overall geologic setting in Alaska that produces earthquakes. The Pacific plate (darker blue) is sliding northwestward past southeastern Alaska and then dives beneath the North American plate (light blue, green, and brown) in southern Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula, and the Aleutian Islands. Most earthquakes are produced where these two plates come into contact and slide past each other. Major earthquakes also occur throughout much of interior Alaska as a result of collision of a piece of crust with the southern margin.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Earthquakes in Alaska
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 95-624
DOI 10.3133/ofr95624
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description Report: 40.72 x 21.29 inch poster; Report: 1 p.
Country United States
State Alaska
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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