Week 3 Assignment-Earthquakes

Week 3 Assignment-Earthquakes - Earthquakes SCI-245 June...

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Earthquakes SCI-245 June 11, 2011
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In order to explain earthquakes you need to have an understanding of plate tectonics. There are four types of plate tectonics or plate margins, these are: convergent plate margins, divergent plate margins, collision plate margins, and conservative plate margins. The way that these plates move within the boundaries of each other determines what kind of activity we see such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and fault lines. Earthquakes occur when two plate tectonics collide or rub against each other causing a large amount of pressure and force which unexpectedly releases. When released it spreads through the effects area in a “wave like” manner, the closes example could be when you throw a rock into a pond and watching the ripples move from the center outward. As many people know earthquakes happen at different levels of intensity and the magnitude of these earthquakes are measured on the Richter scale. The Richter scale was invented by Charles F. Richter in 1934 in order to measure the intensity of earthquakes. This is calculated from the
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course SCI 245 245 taught by Professor Hallin during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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Week 3 Assignment-Earthquakes - Earthquakes SCI-245 June...

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