Why is it rare to have a earthquake in northcarolina?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Most earthquakes occur near active boundaries; convergent zones or strike-slip zones. North Carolina is in the center of the North American plate, far from any active boundary.

    Earthquakes *can* happen there, it's just very rare. They're called intraplate earthquakes, and occur at places like the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

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  • 7 years ago

    I'm in NC, and I've experienced earthquakes before. Very tiny ones. In the mountains here in Asheville. These mountains are apparently still growing or sthg like that. But it's not as crazy as like in San Francisco.

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    7 years ago

    It is not near an active tectonic plate boundary.

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