Earthquake Risk in the United States

Created by: Jason Nejmeh

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In this picture, the words describe what happens when the fault lines and plates rub against each other. creating a earthquake.
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Earthquakes can cause lots and lots of destruction! Earthquakes are caused by moving plates in the earth's crust. When these plates slip over one another it will cause the earth to shake and it could be fatal. It causes mostly shakes but it can cause the roads to crack and break apart.

Here are some links for more of a better desricption:
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http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/earthquake-profile/
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http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/facts.php
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http://geography.about.com/od/geographyintern/a/earthquakefacts.htm
Earthquake fun facts:
  • Earthquakes involve the powerful movement of rocks in the Earth’s crust. The rapid release of energy creates seismic waves that travel through the earth.
  • The most powerful earthquake ever recorded on Earth was in Valdivia, Chile. Occurring in 1960, it had a magnitude of 9.5.