18th November 2019

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Why does Japan have a lot of earthquakes?

Why Japan has so Many Earthquakes. Japan is located along the Pacific “ring of fire”, on the edges of several continental and oceanic tectonic plates. This is an area of high seismic and volcanic activity from New Zealand, up through Japan, across to Alaska, and down the west coasts of North and South America.

In this way, is Japan prone to earthquakes?

So we are talking about a massive earthquake there. The reason for this activity is because of where Japan is situated, on the joint of four different plates. "So we have got the Pacific plate and the Philippine plate to the east; and to the west, we have got the North America plate and the Eurasian plate.

Why do earthquakes occur frequently in Japan?

Earthquakes. The Japanese archipelago is located in an area where several continental and oceanic plates meet. This is the cause of frequent earthquakes and the presence of many volcanoes and hot springs across Japan. If earthquakes occur below or close to the ocean, they may trigger tidal waves (tsunami).

How many earthquakes are there on average?

On average, Magnitude 2 and smaller earthquakes occur several hundred times a day world wide. Major earthquakes, greater than magnitude 7, happen more than once per month. "Great earthquakes", magnitude 8 and higher, occur about once a year.
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