In plate tectonics and the study of earthquakes, the first question that most people ask is what causes earthquakes.
Below are some Earthquake facts to help you understand and be more familiar with plate tectonics theory. You can use these earthquake facts in a quiz at school or as a game for fun.
Faults usually occur along tectonic plate boundaries, whether it be convergent boundaries, divergent boundaries or transform boundaries. Earthquakes often occur in areas that contain faults. But there is more than one type of fault.
Below is a list of major earthquakes in North America. In North America, Mexico and California are the two most earthquake prone places. Other areas that are likely to suffer from earthquakes include Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Intermountain Belt, Hawaii, the Northeastern Region, South Carolina, and the Midcontinent Region.
Below is a list of Major earthquakes in the world and their estimated death tolls. In some cases the number of deaths resulting from an earthquake is not known.
In 1906, the great San Francisco earth caused much damage to the city. The National Board of Fire Underwriters called San Francisco "a catastrophe waiting to happen" in their report issued in 1906. Below are information all about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Missouri has its share of earthquakes. In the early 1800s, a series of violent and strong earthquakes hit the town of New Madrid in eastern Missouri, near the Mississippi River. The New Madrid quakes were so strong that they changed the course of the Mississippi River. The New Madrid earthquakes were among the strongest earthquakes in the earth's history.
The 1960 Chile Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake in the world's history of earthquakes. The 1960 earthquake struck in Southern Chile. The 1960 great earthquake in Chile is sometimes referred to as the 1960 Valdivia earthquake or Great Chilean Earthquake.