Dangerous Places to Live
Clayton Haynie, Travon Fleshman, Tanyon Wyatt, Aaron Brooks
Four Dangerous Places
San Juan Puerto Rico
Why do people want to live here?
About 390,000 people live in San Juan, Puerto Rico. People like to live in San Juan because of the rainforest they have and also the beaches they have. They have all kinds of stuff at the beaches. A person can go swimming. People can also go jet skiing or can go surfing. There are a lot of historical sites to visit. People from the United States don’t have to have a passport to go there. U.S. citizens can get there very easily.
Puerto Rico is located on the northwestern corner of the Caribbean Plate. The North American plate is being pushed under the Antilles Arc causing volcanoes. The North American Plate slides past the Caribbean Plate. North of Puerto Rico is the Puerto Rico Trench. The movement of the plates causes lots of earthquakes. The North American Plate is pushing down to the south and the Caribbean Plate is pushing down to the north. The plates collide and push under each other. This is a convergent subduction area. Deep sea trenches and volcanic mountains.
History and Future
Puerto Rico is one of the most dangerous places to live. It is dangerous because earthquakes and volcanoes happen all the time in Puerto Rico. It is also dangerous because of tsunamis. Earthquakes can set off a tsunami. During the earthquake of 1918, about 1800 people died from drowning. Another tsunami killed at least 91 people in Northwestern Puerto Rico. Tsunamis are very large waves and they can really destroy building’s. They also can wreck cars or anything that it is in their way. Four really strong earthquakes have affected Puerto Rico since the beginning of its colonization. The most recent one happened on October 11, 1918. The earthquake killed about 116 people and caused more than 4 million dollars of damage. If that earthquake happened today, more people would die because the area has a lot more people now. There would be a lot more property damage too. Scientist believe that a large earthquake is likely to happen in the area since there is so much plate movement all the time.
Why people want to live there
The population in Anchorage, Alaska is about 290,000. People live here for many reasons. One reason people like to live in Alaska is because there is a lot of wildlife. A person can snowmobile and send jets of snow up to 3 feet in the air. Some people enjoy camping by the fire with animals wandering around in the woods. Other people enjoy hiking up in the glaciers. Alaska is a great place for hunting and fishing too.
The Alaska area has more tectonic plate movement than any other area of the United States. Alaska is on the Pacific Plate. The plate slides past the southeast Alaska and collides with the North American Plate. The push at the boundaries causes lots of earthquakes. There is a convergent subduction zone between the North American Plate and Pacific Plate. It has created the Aleutian Island Volcanic Island Arc. There is also a transform boundary along southeast Alaska as the Pacific Plate slides against the North American Plate creating a fault.
Future and History
There are many reasons why Anchorage, Alaska is one of the most dangerous places to live.This place is dangerous because there is a high rate of death from earthquakes. One hundred thirty one people were killed in Anchorage, Alaska. Property damage covered about 130,000 square kilometers. In just four minutes of shaking, landslides and avalanches were triggered. There has been over 300 to 400 million dollars worth of damage. During the 1964 quake in Latouche Island, a six story building was completely wiped out in just minutes .
Why do people want to live here
History and Future
There are many reasons why Los angeles is so dangerous. Each year the plate is moving 2.5 inches. There has been many earthquakes there is not many but there has been many good size ones that could kill someone. since 1769 there has been over forty major Earthquakes that have affected many people. The population is so high that when there is a major earthquake the population will drop when the major ones hit.
Why do people want to live here
There are about 13,230,000 people living in Tokyo, Japan. There are many reasons people like to live in Tokyo. One reason why people live in Tokyo is because it is clean. Japanese people tend to litter less to keep their city clean. They even carry their trash home and throw it away rather than tossing it on the street. There is a lot of public transportation available to see all of the different kinds of things like temples and shrines. A person can also see Mt. Fuji with their family or they will even allow people to climb Mt. Fuji.
Tokyo is located on top of four large tectonic plates including the North American, Pacific, Eurasian, and Philippine plates. Movement from these plates causes deadly earthquakes. It is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Ninety percent of the world’s largest hit here. Tectonic activity has also created explosive volcanic. Japan Trench is convergent seduction zone where the Pacific Plates pushes under the North American plate.
History and Future
There are many reasons why Tokyo is one of the most dangerous places to live. Tokyo is very dangerous because the Pacific Plate is moving westward at 3.5 inches per year creating nine earthquakes with a magnitude or 7 or more since 1973. That’s not all; they also have a lot of tsunamis that are caused by earthquakes. The highest one was an 8.3 on the Richter scale. One year after the Kobe earthquakes which killed 6,300 people Tokyo faces an even greater disaster which could leave 60,000 dead cause staggering economics losses according to new studies. In the future Tokyo earthquake n there is little consensus and the impossibility of accurate earthquake predict in Kobe proved deadly. A 1972 study had predicted a tremor of magnitude of 7, but the city authorities chose to believe other reports.
Beautiful Places can be Dangerous
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