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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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An earthquake is a violent shaking of the ground that often causes destruction to life and property. An earthquake occurs when two parts of earth slip past one another, creating seismic waves. Some areas are especially p... More »

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The 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti took place on January 12th, at 4:52 p.m. The earthquake had a 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, which is defined as a major earthquake that causes damage to most buildings and ... 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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While earthquakes can occur almost anywhere, they are most common around the edges of the great tectonic plates of the Earth's crust. The plates are always in motion, and the edges tend to rub up against one another, bui... 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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