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Earthquakes are natural processes that occur beneath the earth's surface and, if strong enough, their reverberations can not only be felt by humans but can induce significant damage to the environment. Scientists are con... More »

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A person who studies earthquakes is known as a seismologist. In addition to studying earthquakes, a seismologist also studies different vibrations in the Earth. These specialists use sophisticated tools, such as seismogr... More »

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The surface of the earth is called the crust, and it is made up of plates, called tectonic plates, that move. Earthquakes happen when these plates bump, scrape or drag against each other. More »

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The BBC explains that, in addition to a significant human death toll, earthquakes destroy the environment in the surrounding area by causing fires, tsunamis and landslides. While these events have relatively short-term e... More »

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As of 2014, estimates suggest that over 500,000 earthquakes occur each year, and 100,000 of these are strong enough to be felt by humans. Since 1900, there has been a global average of 18 major earthquakes, and one giant... More »

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According to the United States Geological Survey, several million earthquakes occur worldwide each year. It is difficult to refine this estimation to an exact number because many earthquakes go undetected, either because... More »

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Seismologists are the scientists that study earthquakes and the related activities to earthquakes. The composition and structure of the earth is also a part of what seismologists research. More »

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