Facts About Earthquakes

Earth's Dynamic Movements

Earth’s crust, the lithosphere, holds plates that fit tightly against each other. These plates are constantly moving, leading to earthquakes.

Frequency of Earthquakes

There are around 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world annually. Of these, 100 cause damage.

Earthquake Zones

Almost 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur in the ‘Ring of Fire’ region. Alaska is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

Measuring Earthquakes

For major earthquakes, Moment Magnitude is the most reliable size indicator. Before electronic recordings, massive spring-pendulum seismometers were used.

Recent Earthquake Tragedies

In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing around 316,000 people. In 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake affected Syria and Turkey, resulting in 20,000 deaths.

Latest EarthQuake

Earthquake in Morocco Kills Hundreds, Devastates Historic Sites

A powerful earthquake struck Morocco on Friday night, killing at least 820 people and injuring more than 600. Reported on : 9/9/2023

Earthquake Devastates Historic Sites

This earthquake caused widespread damage in the region, including in the historic city of Marrakech. Many buildings were destroyed or damaged.

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Rescue Efforts Underway

The Moroccan government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas, and rescue workers are working to help those who have been affected.

Earthquake Technology

ShakeAlert Systems can detect the first waves of an earthquake and provide warnings ahead of the major tremors.

Understanding Earthquakes

Tectonic plates move due to radioactive events within Earth's interior. When these plates shift, the resulting energy causes earthquakes.

Earthquake Preparedness

Being prepared can save lives. Always have an emergency kit ready, secure heavy furniture, and practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" during tremors.

Earthquake's Environmental Impact

Beyond human settlements, earthquakes can alter landscapes, cause landslides, and disrupt natural habitats, affecting local wildlife and ecosystems.

Earthquake Impact

The 2004 undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered tsunamis that killed over 100,000 people in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Earth's Natural Phenomenon

Earthquakes are a natural phenomenon resulting from the dynamic movements of the planet. Studying them helps us understand these iconic natural disasters better.