Plate Movements: Slide

separate

plates collide
plates subduct
plates slide past one another
plates slide

 

plates slide

Plates Slide Past One Another
Plates grinding past each other in opposite directions create faults called transform faults. Powerful earthquakes often strike along these boundaries. The San Andreas Fault is a transform plate boundary that separates the North American Plate from the Pacific Plate. This fault system is largely responsible for the devastating earthquakes in Los Angeles and San Francisco.