Plate tectonics is a theory that models the earth's crust as a set of large "plates" that slowly bump and grind against each other. Most earthquakes are the result of strain release along zones of weakness (faults) in response to the slow movement of those crustal plates (Figure 1).


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DANGER ZONES Earthquakes occur most frequently west of the Rocky Mountains, although historically the most violent earthquakes have occurred in the central United States.

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Although earthquakes occur less frequently in the Eastern United States, studies show that urban areas in the East could face devastating losses because severe shaking would affect a larger area than a similar earthquake in the Western United States.


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