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  • 1. Chapter 11 Earthquakes
  • 2. When rocks break they move along faults.
  • 3. Applied forces cause rocks to undergo elastic deformation.
  • 4. When elastic limits are passed, rocks break.
  • 5. Rock on one side of a fault can move up, down, or sideways in relation to rock on the other side of the fault.
  • 6. Faults occur because forces inside the Earth cause earth’s plates to move placing stress on or near the plate edge
  • 7. Rocks will bend, compress, stretch, and possibly break.
  • 8. Earthquake: vibrations produced by breaking rock
  • 9. Rocks break, move along the fault, and return to original shapes.
  • 10. Rock on one side of a fault can move over, under, or past each other along fault lines.
  • 11. Three types of forces act on rocks: tension, compression, and shear.
  • 12. Tension forces; normal fault: caused by rock above the fault moving downward in relation to the rock below the fault.
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  • 14. Reverse fault: compression forces squeeze rock above the fault up and over the rock below the fault.
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  • 16. Created by shear forces; strikeslip fault: rocks on either side of the fault move past each other without much upward or downward motion.
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  • 18. Section 2:
  • 19. Seismic – waves generated by an earthquake can move the ground forward and backward, up and down, and side to side.
  • 20. Focus: an earthquake’s point of energy release
  • 21. Primary waves (P waves): cause particles in rocks to move back and forth in the same direction that the wave is traveling.
  • 22. Secondary waves (S waves) – cause particles in rock to move at right angles to the direction of wave travel.
  • 23. Surface waves – move rock particles in a backward, rolling motion and a sideways swaying motion.
  • 24. The point on the Earth’s surface directly above the earthquake focus is called the epicenter.
  • 25. The different speeds of seismic waves allow scientists to determine the epicenter.
  • 26. Primary waves move the fastest. Secondary waves follow Surface waves move slowest and arrive at the seismograph station last.
  • 27. Seismograph: measures seismic waves.
  • 28. Consists of a rotating drum of paper and a pendulum with an attached pen.
  • 29. The paper record of a seismic event is called a seismogram.
  • 30. Earth’s structure consists of an inner, mostly iron, solid core surrounded by a mostly iron liquid outer core surrounded by the mantle.
  • 31. The curst is Earth’s outer layer, about 5 to 60 km thick.
  • 32. A seismic wave’s speed and direction change as the wave moves through different layers with various densities.
  • 33. Density generally increases with depth as pressures increase.
  • 34. Shadow zones do not receive seismic waves because the waves are bent or stopped by materials of different density.
  • 35. Changes in seismic wave speed allowed detection of boundaries between Earth’s layers.
  • 36. Although earthquakes are natural geologic events, they kill many people and cause a lot of damage
  • 37. Seismologists
    • scientists who study earthquakes
  • 38. Magnitude
    • measure of energy released by an earthquake
    • determined by the Richter scale and based on the height of the lines on a seismogram
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  • 40. The Richter Scale has no upper limit
  • 41. Most earthquakes have magnitudes too low to be felt by humans – 3.0 to 4.9 on the Richter Scale
  • 42. The modified Mercalli intensity scale describes earthquake intensity based on structural and geologic damage
  • 43. Liquefaction
    • shaking from an earthquake can make wet soil act like a liquid
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  • 45. Ocean waves caused by earthquake are called tsunamis
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    • caused when a sudden movement of the ocean floor pushes against the water
    • can travel thousands of kilometers in all directions
  • 47. Earthquakes cannot be reliably predicted
  • 48.
    • Knowing how and where to plan for earthquakes can help prevent death and damage
    • Buildings can be constructed to withstand seismic vibrations
  • 49.
    • Flexible, circular moorings are being placed under buildings
    • made of alternating layers of rubber and steel
  • 50. The rubber acts like a cushion to absorb earthquake waves
  • 51. Homes can be protected by careful placement of heavy objects and securing gas appliances
  • 52. During an earthquake, crawl under a sturdy table or desk
    • outdoors, stay away from buildings and power lines
  • 53. After an earthquake, check for water or gas line damage leave IMMEDIATELY if a gas smell is present
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