Earthquakes 2


Earthquakes can simply be defined as a naturally induced shaking of the ground caused by the fracture and sliding of rock within the earth's crust. There are at least 6,000 earthquakes detected throughout the world each year. Many people have heard about or experienced first hand the effects that an earthquake can have. But many people don't understand what causes them and what exactly is happening during an earthquake. In the following paper I will be explaining the causes and effects of earthquakes.
There are at least 6,000 earthquakes detected throughout the world each year. Of these 6,000 about 5,500 are either too small or too far away from populated areas to be felt. About 450 ...

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is a fault along which the two sides of the fracture move with respect to each other. An earthquake is caused by the sudden movement of the two sides of the fault.
Faults are divided into three main groups, depending on how they move. There are normal faults which occur in response to pulling or tension. There are thrust faults which are caused as a result of squeezing or compression. The third group is strike-slip faults which are caused as a result of either type of stress.
Some earthquakes tremendously effect the earth. No earthquake is exactly alike another so the effects vary depending on the part of the world the earthquake occurred and the size of the earthquake. One effect that earthquakes have is strong ground motion. Strong ground motion is a result of seismic waves reaching the earth's surface. Another effect is post-earthquake fires which are a secondary effect of strong ground motion. Ground failure and landslides are both effects of an earthquake mainly ...

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Added: 12/29/2003 07:16:16 PM
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