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There is an interesting site which focuses on the tectonic plate which produced the recent earthquakes in New Zealand: http://nzphoto.tripod.com/volcano/PlateMotion.htm
Equally important, is that the Pacific plate produced the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Japan is enduring rolling blackouts everyday as its electrical generation capacity is reduced from the tsunami and the nuclear disaster. Earlier this week, I spoke with someone who had just returned from Japan. he said Japanese dairy farmers had driven their cows into Tokyo as a protest. he also said it will be at least two months before Japan is able to evaluated with any certainty where things are headed. The Bank of Japan confirmed this in a report out today.
Fonterra has withdrawn all employees from Japan. Some think America will be exporting y more dairy products to Japan soon.
One more thing, the Pacific Plate touches the West coast of the U.S.