Earthquakes occur in many regions of the world. Why are there no major earthquakes in Florida?
There have been earthquakes in Florida, but there has been several shocks there. Only one was big enough to cause damage. It was in January 1879, in St. Augustine, plaster was torn off the walls and items were knocked off the shelf. Florida does not get as many major earthquakes because it is not near a plate boundary. Florida may feel the effects of an earthquakes that came from somewhere else, but the chances of having a major earthquakes aren't as high as say, California would.
Most earthquakes happen at a place where 2 tectonic plates touch. Earthquakes occur mostly in regions with stress between continental plates. This is the case in the Middle East, and along the rim around the Pacific Ocean (where it also causes volcanic activity in the regions, known as the "Ring of Fire"). Earthquakes can sometimes be predicted by monitoring the movement along faults, smaller shifts that could be the precursors of a major shift of…
Major earthquakes can knock down buildings and bridges and destroy dams. Ruptured gas lines can ignite, resulting in fires and explosions. Earthquakes near coastal regions can displace enormous volumes of water, resulting in massive flooding. Such flooding (tsunami) typically kills more people than who die beneath building rubble.
Earthquakes occur everywhere. In many places they are too small to detect or feel, but the tectonic plates are always moving and there are small earthquakes all of the time occurring all over the world. More earthquakes and larger earthquakes tend to occur on larger fault lines. Check out the links to see where they mainly occur. Shows that they mostly occur on major fault lines along the edges of the tectonic plates. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ http://ds.iris.edu/seismon/…
Earthquakes with a magnitude greater than or equal to 6 are termed strong earthquakes. 7 or larger are termed major earthquakes. Earthquakes greater than or equal to 8 are termed great earthquakes. The term "large" is not actually used.However based on the above it could be argued that any earthquake with a magnitude greater than 6 is a large earthquake.
In some areas, this is true. Earthquakes are often the result of unreleased, pent-up stress. If this stress is not released, there is a stronger chance of a more devastating earthquake occurring. However, the frequent occurence of more moderate earthquakes does not mean there is no chance of a major earthquake in the future.