Amurian Plate

The Amurplatte (also Chinese plate ) is a possible tectonic plate on which Manchuria, the Korean Peninsula, the western main islands of Japan and the Primorye region lie. It is not yet clear whether this is an independent record or whether it is part of the Eurasian plate. The Amurplatte was named after the Amur River, which forms the border between the Russian Far East and Northeast China. The plate is bounded on the north, west and southwest of the Eurasian plate, in the east of the Okhotsk plate, in the southeast of the Philippine Sea plate along the Suruga - trench of the Nankai trench, the Okinawa plate and the Yangtze plate.

The Baikal rift is considered as the boundary between the Amurplatte and the Eurasian Plate. GPS measurements show that the disk rotates slowly counterclockwise.

The Amurplatte has been probably at the origin of the earthquake in Tangshan (1976 ) involved in China.


  • Dongping Wei and Seno Tetsuzo. 1998th Determination of the Amurian Plate Motion. Mantle Dynamics and Plate Interactions in East Asia, Geodynamics Series. v.27, edited by MFJ Flower et al., 419p, AGU, Washington DC (abstract )
  • Geology of Asia
  • Plate tectonic