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 »

A 2013 study theorizes that the seismic activity from earthquakes can release methane gas from the seabed into the atmosphere, although it is most likely that methane dissolves into the surrounding water before reaching ... 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 »

A large number of earthquakes occur in California because it is home to hundreds of known faults. At least 200 of the faults in California are considered potentially hazardous, and more than 70 percent of the population ... More » Science Earth Science Earthquakes

California has a relatively high number of earthquakes due to its position on both the Pacific and North American Plates. These plates are in constant motion, and earthquakes occur when their sides slip against one anoth... 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 »