10 Fascinating Facts About Earthquakes

#8. The largest earthquake

The largest ever recorded earthquake occurred in Chile on May 22, 1960. It was a 9.5 magnitude earthquake with seismic waves traveling the world and shaking the entire earth for many days.

#9. Earthquake and Tsunami

Earthquake and Tsunami

An earthquake occurring on the ocean bed like the Indian Ocean earthquake of 2004 can further lead to tsunami- waves with huge destructive power and that can travel at 600 miles per hour. As they approach coast, they can reach a height of 100 feet.

#10. Foreshocks and aftershocks

A major earthquake is preceded by small tremors known as foreshocks. It is then followed by a series of other tremors for several days known as aftershocks.

 

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