Interesting Facts about Earthquake

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There are many interesting facts about an earthquake. An earthquake is interesting because there is so much that people do not know about it. The following are many interesting facts about an earthquake that can prove useful as well as fun.

  • One interesting fact about earthquakes is that animals can sense or detect earthquakes before they occur.
  • European settlers in America experienced an earthquake in the seventeenth century.
  • In 1556, an earthquake in Shansi, China killing 830,000 people. According to the records, this earthquake is the deadliest in history.
  • Moonquakes, seismographic activity on the moon, do occur, but less frequent than on earth. They have smaller magnitudes than earthquakes on the Earth too.
  • Normally the depth of an earthquake is around fifty miles below the surface of the earth.
  • More interesting facts about earthquake, only twenty percent of earthquakes can be felt.
  • Southern California witnesses about 10,000 earthquakes per year.
  • Spanish explorers reported an earthquake in 1769, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles, California.
  • The first primitive seismographs were built in 1751, before man even knew what an earthquake was.
  • The frequency and magnitude of earthquakes are increasing every year.
  • The Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, discovered that soft ground shakes more than the hard and rocky ground during an earthquake.
  • The intensity of an earthquake is how much shaking is generated by an earthquake and does vary with location.
  • The magnitude of an earthquake is how big an earthquake is, so it does not vary by location.
  • The San Andreas Fault zone is more than 800 miles and up to 10 miles deep.
  • There are 500,000 earthquakes around the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt. 100 of them cause damage.
  • Tsunamis are initially caused by an underwater earthquake, which displaces ocean water relatively quickly.

There are many interesting facts about an earthquake.


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