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July 11, 2015

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

The Solomon Islands, where I lived for eight years, is just north of Australia and just south of the Equator. It is part of the “Ring Of Fire”, the area of strong earthquake and volcanic activity that encircles the Pacific. You can see below that the islands are on a plateau, with a clearly visible earthquake fault just south of (below) the island group. This fault is actually the line where the Indo-Pacific plate (lower left) dives under the Pacific plate (upper right), and has been diving there since forever. As a result it is the location of an unending string of earthquakes, tsunami, and vulcanism. You can also see another fault that starts just above the lower left corner and comes up to the right.

Google Earth kavachi volcanoFigure 1. The Google Earth view of the Solomon Islands. The capital is Honiara, on Guadalcanal Island.

And along…

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