Causes of Earthquakes

Some of the Great Earthquakes Since the 1900’s

Country

Magnitude

Year

Temuco Valdivia, Chile

9.5

1960

Japan

9.0

2011

Turkey

6.7

1975

Southern Italy

6.5

1980

Sanriku, Japan

8.4

1933

Bihar, India-Nepal

8.1

1934

Sumatra

9.1

2004

We all know how devastating an earthquake can become. Many of you here on Hubpages might have experienced an earthquake throughout your lives. But a person like me who is from the UK has had no experience of an earthquake before. And yet, i sit on my sofa noticing how the world suffers from several continuous earthquakes a year. The number of earthquakes has somewhat increased over the past decade and although my view might from a religious perspective, others might use the excuse of better technology, asteroids, comets, the moon or volcanic eruptions. N0netheless, earthquakes have done plenty of damage but what causes earthquakes. Let us read more below!

Tectonic earthquakes:

The earth is made of many plates. These plates have faults around them such as the San Andreas Fault. Over many years, these plates brush against each other and start bending, building a lot of pressure. Soon, the rocks cannot take any more pressure, causing them to break apart. Once these rocks break, it causes a rapid shaking in both plates, known as an earthquake.

Volcanic earthquakes:

This second cause of earthquakes is rare. The cause of earthquakes in rare situations is due to the eruption of a massive volcano. An earthquake would hit several miles around the volcano depending on its explosion. In 1833, a massive volcano eruption in Indonesia had caused an earthquake which produced high tsunamis killing thousands of lives.

Conclusion

Overall, earthquakes cause a lot of disaster and I am lucky to live somewhere that earthquakes are very rare indeed. However, thousands of other lives out there are not as lucky as me and suffer a loss in property, family members and wealth.

Comments 1 comment

Maria 21 months ago

There is a folk belief in my ctmiunmoy of Earth Quake Weather . So I prepare for an earth quake by storing enough food and water for two weeks. I knew somebody that experienced California's Northridge earth quake and it took government relief one week to supply victims with water. Always store your own.

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