• What have you learned about earthquakes and earthquake prediction?
I learned that earthquakes happen very frequently, and most of the times we can’t even feel them! I also learned that we could find earthquakes from 2000 BC, which I find amazing. Earthquakes are a very dangerous natural disaster, but if only a rated 4 earthquake, it can be very harmless. I learned that with earthquake prediction it is hard to predict the last year, but it helps to be ready and prepared!
• What factors influence earthquake prediction?
Earthquakes are very hard to predict, but with lots of research and time, it can be possible. You have to see when the last earthquake was, how far away the fault line is, and how active the plate is. If the plate just had a very big earthquake, it would be a while until a very big earthquake would happen again. For example, there was a huge earthquake in California in 1906, but there have been none since then that have been so bad. But, with the information that the 1906 one was very big, they can predict that another big one will come by 2035. Some other places are also predicted to have a major earthquake, because it’s about time!
• Where on Earth do most of the really big earthquakes strike?
Most big earthquakes happen miles away from the boundary line, and near the boundary lines. Plates have times when they can be very active, and make places like the San Andrea’s plate and Japan have huge disaster earthquakes. The biggest do not occur on the changing plate itself, but the energy moves to the places around it. It also depends on the ground below the city or town. If it is a town on sand or soft material, they are likely to have a greater effect by an earthquake. That’s why islands and beaches can have high damage rates from earthquakes.