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Published 14 July 2015

“The constant movement of the tectonic plates generates tension that produces earthquakes when released.” 

Earthquakes and volcanic activity, such as the April 2015 Nepal earthquakes and Chile’s volcanic eruptions, are the results of the movements and collisions of tectonic plates deep beneath the earth’s surface.

On this week’s episode of teleSUR’s original series, Atomun, host Luis Sequera explains how tectonic plates work and how they can cause catastrophic situations that can negatively-affect human life. 

In fact, we’ll even show you the most earthquake-prone region in the world, responsible for some of the planet’s most active volcanoes. It’s called the ring of fire!

Fracking involves drilling through the earth’s surface to release natural gases within shale rock. | Photo: Reuters

Also, Atomun takes a look at how fracking has resulted in an increase in the number of earthquakes in the United States.

“According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at least eight states are affected by increased seismic activity in non-seismic prone regions.”

Take a look at the full episode.

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