The West Coast


San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the cities that has survived some of the top earthquakes in the world, the earthquake of 1908 which devastated the city with fires, destroyed buildings, and displaced many people, including the mayor. Other Earthquakes have happened there that are just as bad as that, but the people of San Francisco have worked to counter that with base isolators to stabilize the large skyscrapers in the city to avoid mass destruction. San Francisco is on the San Andreas fault, a Divergent boundary on the west coast. THe plate on the pacific plate is a transform boundary and transform boundaries slide against each other.

Japan (Earthquakes happen all the time)

Japan has many things to offer, it's interesting culture, food, and technology, and the technology has also helped save lives during past earthquakes. Japan is a hotspot for Earthquakes, the magnitude has gotten as far as 9.0 on the richter scale. It has been said that almost 2000 earthquakes strike the island nation each year. The balancers in the infrastructure keep it from falling over and causing more destruction, in Japan, natural disaster safety is treated with a great respect. The Eurasian boundary is a Divergent plate, and Divergent plates move apart.
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Yellowstone, America's own continental hotspot

Yellowstone national park is the home of some of america's largest hotspots, the Geyser old faithful is one of those examples. (Old Faithful in photo below) Hotspots are not on any boundaries and there are not really any earthquakes in those places, there is just a large buildup of heat and magma under the earth near the crust, and geysers such as old faithful go off because of it.
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