Middle America Trench


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Middle America Trench

 

a depression in the floor of the Pacific Ocean along the western coast of Middle America. The trench is approximately 3,000 km long. It narrows to form a point in the northwest, just above 20° N lat., and ends in the southeast at the foot of the Cocos Ridge. The narrow, flat bottom of the trench is divided by low ridges into several troughs with depths of 4,500 to 6,500 m; the maximum depth is 6,489 m.

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Along the western coast of Central America, the Cocos plate subducts towards the east beneath the Caribbean plate at the Middle America Trench.
At the latitude of this earthquake, the Cocos plate moves north-northeast with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 77 mm/yr, and subducts beneath Central America at the Middle America Trench," reported USGS.