This “Peeling” Tectonic Plate Could Cause Catastrophic Earthquakes

Research suggests that the edge of a tectonic plate off the coast of Portugal may be splitting in half, causing powerful underground earthquakes.

Drifting Apart The edge of a tectonic plate, one of the massive shelves of crust that carry the continents and ocean’s floor, is splitting right down the middle. Scientists started to study the plate, located off the coast of Portugal, after it caused an unexpected earthquake and tsunami in 1969. They now suspect that they’re witnessing the birth […]

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