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How does the movement of tectonic plates cause earthquakes?

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The movement of tectonic plates causes earthquakes when two plates that are in contact with each other move in opposite directions and release built-up stress. For example, one plate may move north, while the other may move south. Stress can build up to a significant amount while the plates are held stationary, but trying to move, which can then be released as an earthquake.

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Earthquakes are one type of natural disaster. They cause large tremors that can bring down man-made buildings. While earthquakes cannot be predicted, their size can be measured on the Richter scale. A higher number indicates a more severe earthquake.

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