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 »

Earthquakes have a number of profound effects on local ecosystems, but the most important effect earthquakes have is that they change habitats abruptly. Earthquakes can cause trees to fall, cliffs to crumble and caves to... More »

The effects of an earthquake range from mild to severe and include structural damage, damaged gas lines, tidal waves, fires, avalanches and flooding. The amount of damage an earthquake can cause depends greatly on the si... More »

Tsunamis usually occur when earthquakes take place underneath the ocean at tectonic plate boundaries, or when volcanic eruptions or landslides take place in the ocean. Underwater earthquakes cause the ocean floor to fall... More »

Effects of earthquakes on the biosphere include landslides, tsunamis and liquefying of soil. Earthquakes are thought to release methane gas from oceans into the atmosphere. Extremely strong earthquakes can affect the Ear... More »

The major dangers of earthquakes include other hazardous effects that could occur after an earthquake subsides, such as liquefaction, tsunamis, further ground tremors and landslides. By being aware of these dangers, in t... More »

Tsunamis happen when earthquakes, landslides or volcanic eruptions disturb the ocean floor. Most tsunamis occur when there are earthquakes at tectonic plate boundaries. When the ocean floor at the boundary rises or falls... More » Science Earth Science Tsunamis