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Encyclopedia > Juan de Fuca Plate
A map of the Juan de Fuca Plate
A map of the Juan de Fuca Plate

The Juan de Fuca Plate, named after the explorer, is a tectonic plate arising from the Juan de Fuca Ridge, and subducting under the northerly portion of the western side of the North American Plate. It is bounded on the south by the Blanco Fracture Zone, on the north by the Nootka Fault, and along the west by the Pacific Plate. The Juan de Fuca Plate was originally part of the once-vast Farallon Plate, now largely subducted under the North American Plate, and has since fractured into three pieces. The plate name is in some references applied to the entire plate east of the undersea spreading zone, and in other references only to the central piece, whereas the piece to the south is known as the Gorda Plate and the piece to the north is known as the Explorer Plate. The separate pieces are demarcated by the large offsets of the undersea spreading zone manifested in the above mentioned fracture zone and fault. The Juan de Fuca Plate Got from [1], a US government site that links to [2] on image rights. ... The Juan de Fuca Plate Got from [1], a US government site that links to [2] on image rights. ... Juan de Fuca (born 1536 as Ioannis Phokas in Kefalonia/Greece; † 1602 in Zákynthos/Greece, often reported as Apostolos Valerianos), was a Greek captain employed by Spain to sail northward from Mexico and look for a northern passage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. ... The tectonic plates of the world were mapped in the second half of the 20th century. ... The Juan de Fuca Ridge is a tectonic spreading center located off the coasts of the state of Washington in the United States and the province of British Columbia in Canada. ... The Juan de Fuca plate sinks below the North America plate at the Cascadia subduction zone. ...  The North American plate, shown in brown The North American Plate is a tectonic plate covering most of North America, extending eastward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and westward to the Cherskiy Range in East Siberia. ... The Blanco Fracture Zone between the Gorda Ridge and the Juan de Fuca Ridge The Blanco Fracture Zone is a transform boundary off the coast of the Pacific Northwest of the United States between the Gorda Ridge to the south and the Juan de Fuca Ridge to the north. ...  The Pacific plate, shown in pale yellow The Pacific Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate beneath the Pacific Ocean. ... The Farallon Plate is an ancient tectonic plate which began subducting as Pangaea broke apart during the Jurassic period. ... The Gorda Plate is a small oceanic tectonic plate beneath the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northern California. ... The Explorer Plate is an oceanic tectonic plate beneath the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. ...

Cutaway of the Juan de Fuca Plate. USGS image
Cutaway of the Juan de Fuca Plate. USGS image

This subducting plate system has formed the volcanic Cascade Range, the Cascade Volcanoes and the Pacific Ranges, which is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, along the west coast of North America from southern British Columbia to northern California. from http://earthquake. ... from http://earthquake. ... The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ... This article is about volcanoes in geology. ... Mount Adams in Washington The Cascade Range is a mountainous region famous for its chain of tall volcanoes called the High Cascades that run north-south along the west coast of North America from British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to the Shasta Cascade area of northern California. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Pacific Ranges are the southernmost subdivision of the Coast Mountains portion of the Pacific Cordillera. ... The Pacific Ring of Fire The Pacific Ring of Fire is an area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions encircling the basin of the Pacific Ocean. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages English Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 36 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of total)  Ranked 5th 944,735 km² 925,186 km² 19,549 km... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


The last major earthquake on the Juan de Fuca was the magnitude nine Cascadia Earthquake. From Japanese records, it happened the evening of Tuesday, January 26, 1700. The 1700 Cascadia Earthquake was a magnitude 8. ... January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events January 1 - Russia accepts Julian calendar. ...


External links

  • National Geographic on Japanese records verifying an American earthquake
  • Cascadia tectonic history with map

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Juan de Fuca Plate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (240 words)
The Juan de Fuca Plate, named after the explorer, is a tectonic plate arising from the Juan de Fuca Ridge, and subducting under the northerly portion of the western side of the North American Plate.
It is bounded on the south by the Blanco Fracture Zone, on the north by the Nootka Fault, and along the west by the Pacific Plate.
The central piece retains the Juan de Fuca name, whereas the piece to the south is known as the Gorda Plate and the piece to the north is known as the Explorer Plate.
Juan de Fuca Plate Tectonics (368 words)
The three plates are: the Juan de Fuca, the Pacific and the North American Plate.
The Juan de Fuca Plate is a small plate trapped in between the Pacific and the North American Plates.
It's magnitude was 6.8 and because it was in Washington, it was on the Juan de Fuca Plate.
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