Earthquakes K rystal Ross Mrs.. Smith 4th hour April 8, 2011
Basic Background Information
What is an earthquake?
An earthquake is caused by a sudden slip on a fault. The tectonic plates are always slowly moving, but they get stuck at their edges due to friction. When the stress on the edge overcomes the friction, there is an earthquake that releases energy in waves that travel through the earth's crust and cause the shaking that we feel.
How are earthquakes measured?
earthquakes is measured on the Richter scale,
What does magnitude mean?
The great size or extent of something
How is magnitude measured?
The Richter scale assigns a magnitude number to an earthquake based on the maximum amplitude of the seismic waves as recorded on a seismometer and the distance of the seismometer station from the epicenter of the earthquake.
Damage Caused by Earthquakes
What are earthquake waves called?
There are several types of earthquake waves including P, or primary, and S, or secondary, waves,
What two types of seismic waves are there?
What two types of body waves are there?
Primary (P) and Secondary (S) waves .
How do P waves travel?
P waves are primary seismic waves. They are the fastest seismic waves and they are compression or longitudinal waves, which means the to-and-fro movement of the particles is in the same direction as the wave is traveling. There is an illustration and explanation in the reference below. P waves can propagate through any medium. (solid. liquid or gas)
How do S waves travel?
As these waves move, they displace rock particles outward, pushing them perpendicular to the path of the waves. This results in the first period of rolling associated with earthquakes. Unlike P waves, S waves don't move straight through the earth. They only travel through solid material, and so are stopped at the liquid layer in the earth's core.
Which move faster?
E lastic R ebound D ivergent b oundary
T he T ohoku E arthquake
This quake occurred at :
Friday, 11 March 2011 14:46
This quake occurred
The magnitude of this quake was
Effects on the environment/earth
Effects on the People of Japan
Loss of family
Effects on the Economy of Japan
Fuji Heavy Industries
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How does elastic rebound explain this movement?
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What is a tsunami?
A long high sea wave caused by an earthquake or other disturbance.
How do tsunami waves appear at sea?
Tsunami, also known as seismic sea waves, are caused by sudden changes in the seafloor, generally earthquakes and more rarely large landslides.
How high can tsunami waves be?
30-50 feet tall, sometimes reaching 100-300 hundred feet tall.