Natural Disaster

Earthquakes By:Victoria Pendergist

where they happen?

earthquakes happen near the coastal region.

!!Fun Fact!!

  • The 2004 earthquake that occurred in the Indian Ocean near Sumatra, Indonesia triggered a series of tsunamis that killed over 200000 people in 14 countries.

who and what are affected by Earthquakes?

Earthquakes are the most expensive natural disasters humans face. A strong earthquake in the wrong place at the wrong time can cause great financial damage and cost tens of thousands of human lives. In the span of three months (from August to October 1999), three earthquakes occurred globally with magnitudes exceeding 7. The impacts of these three varied widely; one affected a large city, crumbling buildings and taking lives, while another jostled a remote desert wasteland, and caused only minimal damage to peripheral towns. They illustrate the differences between an earthquake that occurs in a remote region of the planet versus one that occurs near a large city. This picture shows damage that was inflicted upon northwest Turkey on August 17, 1999 after a major earthquake.

when do Earthquakes occur

  1. Earthquakes occur all the time all over the world, both along plate edges and along faults. Most earthquakes occur along the edge of the oceanic and continental plates. The earth's crust (the outer layer of the planet) is made up of several pieces, called plates.