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Know Your Earthquake Terms
Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify an earthquake hazard:
Aftershock
An earthquake of similar or lesser intensity that follows the main earthquake.
Earthquake
A sudden slipping or movement of a portion of the earth’s crust, accompanied and followed by a series of vibrations.
Epicenter
The place on the earth’s surface directly above the point on the fault where the earthquake rupture began. Once fault slippage begins, it expands along the fault during the earthquake and can extend hundreds of miles before stopping.
Fault
The fracture across which displacement has occurred during an earthquake. The slippage may range from less than an inch to more than 10 yards in a severe earthquake.
Magnitude
The amount of energy released during an earthquake, which is computed from the amplitude of the seismic waves. A magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter Scale indicates an extremely strong earthquake. Each whole number on the scale represents an increase of about 30 times more energy released than the previous whole number represents. Therefore, an earthquake measuring 6.0 is about 30 times more powerful than one measuring 5.0.
Seismic Waves
Vibrations that travel outward from the earthquake fault at speeds of several miles per second. Although fault slippage directly under a structure can cause considerable damage, the vibrations of seismic waves cause most of the destruction during earthquakes.


"We don't know what is going to happen next," said geologist James Dolan of University of Southern California, who has been watching the unfolding seismic activity. But a swarm likes this "makes you perk up your ears and start considering the possibility that you might be in a heightened period of hazard."

“Scientists puzzled over intense swarm of earthquakes” www.chinaview.cn
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/index.shtm

Earthquake News Headlines http://www.1stheadlines.com/earthquake.htm
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