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A very Rare 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake struck Near Vancouver Island, Canada.

February 4, 2012

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February 4, 2012 –Very Rare 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Struck near Vancouver, Canada Less Than Two Hours Ago: The zone between two plates sliding horizontally past one another is called a transform-fault boundary, or simply a transform boundary. These large faults connect two spreading centers. They commonly offset the active spreading ridges and produce zigzag plate margins. However, a few occur on land, for example the San Andreas Fault zone in California. This transform fault connects the East Pacific Rise, a divergent boundary to the south, with the South Gorda — Juan de Fuca — Explorer Ridge, another divergent boundary to the north.

The picture at the very top of the post shows the location of today’s 5.7 quake. The picture above (from the USGS) shows the complex plate faults along the western portion of North America. The tremor hit at 3:05PM in New York, 2:05PM in Chicago, 1:05PM…

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