Earthquake studies on Canada’s west coast; Pacific Geoscience Centre

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
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On a global scale, Canada's west coast lies within the zone of a seismicity that stretches around the Pacific Ocean. In plate tectonic terms, it is dominated by the same right-lateral shearing between the Pacific and American plates that is responsible for the seismicity of California. However, in southern British Columbia the interaction is further complicated. Between the San Andreas fault in California and the Queen Charlotte fault off British Columbia, the Pacific and American plates are separated by the small independent Juan de Fuca plate system. This is spreading away from the Pacific plate and converging with the margin of the Pacific Northwest. The resulting Cascade volcanic chain and its extension into southern British Columbia are the topograhic expression of its subduction. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Earthquake studies on Canada’s west coast; Pacific Geoscience Centre
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 11
Issue 5
Year Published 1979
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 5 p.
First page 175
Last page 179
Country Canada
Other Geospatial Pacific coast
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