Monday, June 17, 2013

Crete and Mexico earthquakes

Two completely different earthquakes over the weekend, yet somehow related.


Situated right on the subduction zone, it was a perfect contraction on the beachball.

But Mexico was a different kettle of fish.

It was up in the 'messed up zone' on top of the subduction.  This is where you have volcanoes and general extension.  Thus, the beachball was a pull-apart.

But, the two zones are almost exactly the same.  Up north from Crete you have a very famous, civilization-destroying volcano zone.  The only difference is that the subduction zone in Crete is very messy and may not be able to pull the M9+'s that the Mexico zone is so capable of.

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