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 »

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 »

Earthquakes are the result of brittle failure within the earth's lithosphere. Earthquakes cause energy to be released in an area of strain that is most often near a tectonic plate boundary. More »

Japan has done many things over the years to prevent damage to buildings during earthquakes such as implementing strict building codes and retrofitting older structures. Japan has also developed many devices, such as iso... More »

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 »

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 »