Hot spot deep beneath North America could have triggered quakes

Mantle plume might have left trail of hot rock under continental US

By Erin Wayman, 13:28 PM September 16, 2013

A hidden hot spot deep within the Earth could have set off seismic activity causing some earthquakes in the eastern United States.

Researchers have discovered a track of hot rock at the base of the North American plate, stretching from Missouri to Virginia. It marks a trail, they say, where the westward-drifting continent passed over a hot spot tens of millions of years ago. A hot spot is the top of a plume of abnormally hot, buoyant rock in the mantle that wells up like a blob in a lava la...

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