December 18, 2002

Dear Mr. President:
My research team and I have done some earthquake research. Here is what we have so far. Earthquakes happen from tectonic plates. When one plate goes on top of another it causes mountains to form and earthquakes. Earthquakes usually happen around costal lands such as the border of Chile. It happens in places such as Central Chile and  southern parts of Alaska. They are near plate boundaries. Volcanoes have relationships with earthquakes. Volcanoes happen also when tectonic plates overlap each other. There is an easy way to predict where earthquakes happen, but we don't know when the plates will overlap each other. My research team and I have enjoyed researching on this topic.


Alec H.