Study Guide For EESA05, Chapter 1

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tsunami in indian ocean on dec 26, 2004 claimed more than 200 000 lives in 11 countries. subduction zone is a long, relatively narrow strip of earth"s lithosphere where one of the large tectonic plates that constitute earth"s thin outer shell subducts or moves beneath another. The zone of collision between the two plates is a huge fault that extends for hundreds of km along the ocean floor, parallel to the edge of a continent or an island, such as sumatra. giant earthquakes occur at these sites, releasing energy that has slowly built up along the fault over centuries. warning systems require a communications infrastructure that permits info to rapidly reach emergency officials in areas at risk; those officials should have plans to rapidly evacuate people from low-lying coastal areas. process: ways in which events, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and floods, affect.

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