The Afar region in Northern Ethiopia is the centre of a “Y” shaped rift system, where the continental lithosphere is being stretched and is splitting. The Arabian Plate is rifting away from the African plate along an active divergent ridge system, to form the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
Is Sicily on the African plate?
Sicily. While people generally consider the island of Sicily, just off the coast of the Italian Peninsula, to be European, it is in fact a part of the African plate.
What are the three types of plate movements?
Most seismic activity occurs at three types of plate boundaries—divergent, convergent, and transform. As the plates move past each other, they sometimes get caught and pressure builds up.