Power of the Quake Essay

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Power of the quake When humans are under tremendous pressure, they are told that they should try and relieve some stress. The same is true of mother earth when she is under a terrible strain; she has to relieve some stress, only Earths version of blowing off some steam is very deadly and extremely terrifying. An earthquake is a vibration of the Earths surface that follows a release of energy in the Earths crust. There are various ways this energy is released. Manmade explosions, dislocation of segments of the crust or volcanic eruptions are all triggers for an Earthquake; however, most are caused by a slippage of faults. A fault is a fracture in the Earths crust along which two blocks of the crust have slipped within one another.…show more content…
Gigantic waves of up to 100 feet high that can travel of speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour the Tsunami is one of the fiercest forces of nature there is. The name Tsunami derived from Japan because that is where a lot occur but it was an Earthquake in the “Big Bend” territory that registered an 8.5 on the Richter scale that produced 70-foot waves and was the worst ever to strike South America. Forty percent of all damaging Tsunamis come from South America. Chile and Peru account for more Earthquakes per square mile than anywhere else in the world. As we have seen so far, Earthquakes can cause massive damage and they are Earths most natural disaster. In 1906, along the San Andreas Fault, the city of San Francisco suffered from an Earthquake that registered an 8.2 on the Richter scale. The significance of this Earthquake was not just the magnitude of the quake but also the damage it caused as the city caught on fire. For 48 seconds the ground trembled as buildings collapsed and communities were destroyed. Thousands were left homeless as the town was virtually destroyed from crumbling buildings and spreading fires. The situation was so bad that martial law took place for the first time ever in that city and the damage caused a total in excess of $150,000,000. The earthquake itself very rarely kills anyone. It’s usually falling debris, fires, collapsed structures or chemical spills that cause the most casualties. Technology does play a role and knowing how to build

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