Some of the effects that earthquakes have on people include structural damage and injuries. There is also a risk of death associated with earthquakes. More »

The majority of earthquake-related deaths occur from the collapse of structured buildings. Aside from collapsing buildings, other hazards such as landslides, tsunamis and the complete halt of civilization are directly re... More »

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 »

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 »

The difference between the Richter and Mercalli scales, both intended to measure earthquake severity, is that the Richter scale is a mathematical scale based on the measurements of scientific instruments, while the Merca... More »

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 »

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 »