How Are Earthquakes Related to Plate Tectonics?
ES1001  Introduction

Among Earth's natural disasters, earthquakes can seem very unnatural. Those who have experienced an earthquake can attest to the fear and disbelief produced when the earth began to move beneath their feet! Earthquakes last just a few seconds to a few minutes, yet each decade, they are responsible for thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in property damage.

In this investigation, you'll explore the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonic boundaries. You'll evaluate cities across the globe to identify those that might be susceptible to earthquakes.

  !   Examine these images of damage caused by earthquakes.

Joseph K. McGregor and Carl Abston,
U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series
Railroad tracks bent during 1964 earthquake, Alaska
Joseph K. McGregor and Carl Abston,
U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series
Street collapse in Anchorage, Alaska, 1964
J.K. Nakata, USGS
Car crushed by collapsed building, San Francisco, California, 1989
Mehmet Celebi, USGS
Buckled sidewalk and collapsed building, Turkey, 1999

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