Earthquake Quiz

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Which type of seismic wave is the slowest and causes the most damage as it moves along the Earth's surface?

Surface waves

What type of movement causes earthquakes by occurring along fractures in the Earth's crust?

Fault movement

Which scale measures the amplitude of seismic waves to provide a numerical value representing the size of an earthquake?

Richter scale

Which seismic wave is the fastest and can travel through solids, liquids, and gases?

P-waves

Which scale is a more modern approach that considers the actual energy released during an earthquake?

Moment magnitude scale

What is the primary cause of earthquakes?

Movement of tectonic plates

Which type of seismic wave can only travel through solids?

S-waves

What is the Richter scale used to measure in earthquakes?

Amplitude of seismic waves

Which scale provides a more modern approach to measuring earthquakes?

Moment magnitude scale

What type of seismic wave is the slowest and causes the most damage as it moves along the Earth's surface?

Surface waves

Test your knowledge of earthquakes with this quiz! Explore the causes, types of seismic waves, and impacts of these natural phenomena.

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