May 17. California and Hawaii threatened by giant waves, such as those that hit Japan last spring.
A study conducted recently in New Mexico, at the Institute of Mining, showed that the rift crust on the seabed in the south of the Aleutian Islands can generate an earthquake of 9 points.
Earthquake-prone zone — Aleutian subduction zone is in a place where the edge of the Pacific plate goes under the North American plate. In March 1964, the collision of the two plates has caused the most powerful earthquake of magnitude 9.2. Then disaster victims were 145 people.
Now, the consequences could be much worse. Concerns scientists is zone near the Aleutian chain of islands — Seventy. There, at a depth of 4-5 km gap in the earth's crust, formed after the earthquake in 1788. Scientists constantly monitor this area, all the evidence indicates that seismic activity increases. Position of the zone in deep water in the event of an earthquake creates all the preconditions for the emergence of a giant tsunami, which may go as far as remote states like Hawaii and California.
Scientists believe that the Earth has entered a new phase of the seismic. The earthquake in Japan last year, the Eurasian tectonic plate moved 20 meters to the east. Moreover, the movement of tectonic plates of Europe and Africa, the expense of each other, recently stopped, which may be the beginning of the reverse process — convergence.
Source: Catalogue of Minerals