Restless Plates in the Peruvian Andes

One of my articles last month was about the devastating earthquakes that have plagued many parts of the world this year, such as Haiti, Chile, China, and the Baja. These events cause catastrophic destruction, and are the result of the movement of tectonic plates. The Earth’s crust is restless, constantly in motion, and earthquakes represent the most violent shifts. However, even when there are no earthquakes, the tectonic plates have the ability to creep unnoticeably. A scientist from California studied one of the largest subduction zones on Earth, The Central Peru Megathrust in the Peruvian Andes. Through his efforts, the truth behind this phenomenon was determined.

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