has it. While both places experience earthquakes related to volcanism, they are caused by different types of volcanism and the tectonic setting in each location is different. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a spreading center where two plates are being pulled apart, while the Hawaiian hotspot is located within the Pacific plate, well away from any plate boundary. The string of islands and sea mounts off to the west-northwest track the movement of the plate over the stationary hotspot over time. If you are REALLY curious, +Daniel Jones
, we can get into the geochemical differences between the two lava types, and then compare them both to continental lava chemistry at some of the southern Cascade volcanoes. =) This is usually the part when everyone runs away in terror...
Who's up for a field trip?
...and yes, +Chris Lake
, earthquake insurance is kind of expensive here! But your continent looks fairly stable.