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  • Susceptible To Widespread Damage From An Earthquake
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    Many geographic and environmental hazards constantly affect and alter the world in which we live. One of the most unpredictable natural disasters to occur is an earthquake. According to Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, an earthquake is "a shaking or trembling of the earth that is volcanic or tectonic in origin". However, the physical causes, economic and social effects, and costs go far beyond just that dictionary definition. A phenomenon known as tectonic forces is generally what causes a...
  • Most Recent Major Earthquake
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    Earthquakes are one of the most devastating natural disasters on this planet. In this essay I will talk about what an earthquake is, why India regularly suffers from major earthquakes, and how the major earthquakes effect the Indian people. I will also explain some of the most devastating earthquakes in Indias history. An earthquake occurs when tension builds up in the layers of rock underneath the earths surface. The tension is so strong that the earths plates cant handle it, so they either gri...
  • Serious Damage
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    LEBANON, Oh. - A 7.0 earthquake shook millions awake early Saturday in the tri-state region and derailed an Amtrak train. The quake jolted residents out of their beds and shook buildings as far away as Pittsburgh. Over 90,000 people lost their power, and a highway bridge was cracked in downtown Cincinnati. This 2: 46 a.m. earthquake was more than the ordinary and caused a little more than incidental damage". Did you ever play a pinball machine and see the ball get stuck in there and go bam-bam-b...
  • 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake
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    Earthquakes in California are certainly not a surprise. What is a surprise is their unpredictability and randomness. Geologists say there is roughly a 50 percent chance that a magnitude 8 or more quake will hit the Los Angeles area sometime over the next 30 years. And, over the past twenty years, the Los Angeles area has witnessed several earthquakes, and in particular, two that were quite devastating; the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, and the January 17, 1994, Northridge Earthquake. Given the c...
  • 1990 A 7 Earthquake
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    On June 21st, 1990 a 7.7 earthquake rolled through northwestern Iran. The worst earthquake to strike Iran in 12 years shook cities at 12: 30 a.m. The earthquake killed an estimated 50,000 people, injuring 200,000, and leaving 500,000 homeless. Tehran lies on a strike-slip fault. The Eurasian plate is pushing into the Arabian plate... causing a strike-slip fault. This eventually leads to many cracks in the Eurasian plate. Fault Lines Iran lies in an earthquake belt extending from Turkey through t...

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