Earthquakes

by Nina Sott

What are earthquakes?

Earthquakes are a pounding of 2 tectonic plates that "hit the rocks on the other side of the fault line and that causes friction to build up for years but finally like a stretched rubber band the rocks suddenly snap past each other," and that causes a rumble in the ground which is an earthquake.

Why do earthquakes occur?

Earthquakes occur because of two tectonic plates that are under the ground. Once those tectonic plates "push against the rocks on the other side of the fault line that causes energy to build up. For years friction will hold the rocks in place, but finally, like a stretched rubber band, the rocks suddenly snap past each other".

what are some of the things that earthquakes can do?

Pros and cons

Some of the pros for living in California where earthquakes happen are...

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  • Most earthquakes are to small for people to notice.
  • Three of the worlds largest earthquakes happened in Alaska and not in California.
  • The beaches of California are very sunny.
  • Earthquakes also only last a few seconds.
  • California has nice whether.

Cons for living in California where earthquakes happen

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  • Earthquakes can kill people.
  • Earthquakes can destroy buildings, businesses and homes.
  • You don't know when they are going to happen.
  • In just a couple seconds earthquakes can cause a lot of damage or destruction.

The potential impact on human beings

"An earthquake's potential impact on human beings and their environment, and some possible ways to reduce those impacts are we could make stronger buildings, have safety kits and we could ask the earthquake to stop when it is happening."

what are ways that you can prepare for earthquakes?

"some ways that you can prepare for earthquakes are you can have a safety kit where it is easy to get. Another way you can prepare for earthquakes is you can secure furniture that is unstable. Another way you can prepare for earthquakes is you can prepare a plan A and a plan B for your family/home and workplace." And those are some ways you can prepare for earthquakes.
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