An earthquake┬áis the shaking and vibration of the Earth’s crust due to movement of the Earth’s plates (plate tectonics). Earthquakes can happen along any type of plate boundary.

Earthquakes occur when tension is released from inside the crust. Plates do not always move smoothly alongside each other and sometimes get stuck. When this happens pressure builds up. When this pressure is eventually released, an earthquake tends to occur.

The point inside the crust where the pressure is released is called the focus. The point on the Earth’s surface above the focus is called the epicentre.

Earthquake energy is released in seismic waves. These waves spread out from the focus. The waves are felt most strongly at the epicentre, becoming less strong as they travel further away. The most severe damage caused by an earthquake will happen close to the epicentre.Diagram of an earthquake

By Lizmia j

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I've been working on Fabmag for 2 years.My BFFS are Neha and Aleena.I like fabmag because it is really interesting and a way to express my love for writing. I think it is excellent that we have St Joseph children helping us this year because we may know a little bit about them.

1 Comment on "Earthquakes!!!"

  1. Mr Waddington | May 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm | Reply


    It’s great that you have given some background to the earthquakes.

    I think it is important to make the story your own rather than copying information from the internet. You could, for example, have interviewed a teacher about earthquake science and then written up what they said. If you then included a picture of the teacher this would have made it very original.

    I hope you will be able to try something like this in future.

    Thanks again for all your hard work.

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