Earthquake Snippets


Interesting facts about earthquakes

  • More damage was done by the resulting fire after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake than by the earthquake itself.

  • The magnitude of an earthquake is a measured value of the earthquake size. The magnitude is the same no matter where you are, or how strong or weak the shaking was in various locations. The intensity of an earthquake is a measure of the shaking created by the earthquake, and this value does vary with location.

  • List of quakes sizes and energies

    Earthquake energy


    Based on Magnitude 0 – and yes magnitude 0 is a real magnitude. They can even be negative.
  • Landslides triggered by earthquakes often cause more destruction than the earthquakes themselves. During the 1964 Alaska quake, shock-induced landslides devastated the Turnagain Heights residential development and many downtown areas in Anchorage.

  • Earthquake Weather

    There is no such thing as “earthquake weather”. Statistically, there is an equal distribution of earthquakes in cold weather, hot weather, rainy weather, etc. Furthermore, there is no physical way that the weather could affect the forces several miles beneath the surface of the earth. The changes in barometric pressure in the atmosphere are very small compared to the forces in the crust, and the effect of the barometric pressure does not reach beneath the soil.
    Source But are they right?

  • Seicmic Seiches – Standing waves
    Seismic seiches are standing waves set up on rivers, reservoirs, ponds, and lakes when seismic waves from an earthquake pass through the area. They are in direct contrast to tsunamis which are giant sea waves created by the sudden uplift of the sea floor.
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Contributions by Anmarie96 (ATS) acknowledged.

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