Earthquakes

1.What is an earthquake?

A sudden and violent shaking of the ground.

2.What cause earthquakes?

Earthquakes are usually caused when rock underground suddenly breaks along a fault.

3.How do earthquakes cause damage?

Shaking: moves the ground in place. This does not usually cause significant damage to the ground itself, but often results in major damage to structures in or on the ground. This can include, not only buildings, but water, gas and sewer lines, train tracks, and roads.

4.Where do earthquakes occur?

Along Plate Edges.

5.Can earthquakes be predicted?

Scientists have tried lots of different ways of predicting earthquakes, but none have been successful. They have a pretty good idea of where an earthquake is most likely to hit, but they still can't tell exactly when it will happen.