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  1. Christian says:

    I am not trying to be dsniigenuous. I am not a geologist by training but I can hear your frustration in your response..From the little I remember of high school physics, one motion is going to have a counterbalancing motion elsewhere. I think I understand that this is the mechanism of an earthquake itself, but that assumes all the energy balances out in a localized fashion. I am questioning if that assumption needs to be re-explored.When I was growing up in the 1950 s we all looked at the map of Africa and South America and thought what a coincidence it was that they looked like pieces in a jig saw puzzle. Then came plate tectonics and it seemed that in a sense we were right.So, my probably ill formed question is whether a large amount of energy expended at one side of a solid plate could cause a reaction at the other margin . If not, is it because the plate intersections are different, one slides under another so that it is like fanning a deck of cards? Is the distance too far and the composition of the plate itself too heterogeneous to allow energy transfer? Is the fault line or plate boundary in Myanmar of a type similar to the San Andreas and the engineering /physics answer is the same for both ?

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