What Happens during an Earthquake?

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During an earthquake, the earth shakes vigorously. This is because of the energy that radiates outward from the fault in all directions in the form of seismic waves. Earthquakes can sometimes be very destructive.
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The ground shakes- bridges and buildings collapse. Dams split open and water floods the areas below.
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Traffic will either come to a grindig halt, or it will become total chaos, this will depend on the magniture of the earthquake and the preparedness of the individuals on the road
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An earthquake occurs when the stored energy becomes greater than the friction, and
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The first triggering effect of vibrations in an a margin or fault-type earthquake starts with the sudden release of energy when two tectonic plates snap apart. If the earthquake happens
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As tectonic plates pound together at a fault line, the rocks on both side stretch to take up a certain amount of pressure. If the pressure becomes enormous, the rocks smash thus releasing shock waves that quake the surface. Buildings then lean and topple and in some cases fires may set off as gas and electricity lines are ripped apart.
During an earthquake everything will begin to shake and move around. Some buildings will collaspe and bridges will fall. All your things could fall off the shelf and break.
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