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Earthquakes

written by: DieZel
 
Earthquakes are one of the most dangerous and feared natural disasters. Learn something more about its tremendous power by taking this quiz. Enjoy!

Question 1:


The Shaanxi earthquake is regarded as the deadliest recorded earthquake, killing approximately 830,000 people. It occurred on February 14, 1556 in this country.
Japan
Russia
Thailand
China

Question 2:


Teleseisms are ground motions caused by a distant earthquake.
True
False

Question 3:


The theory of plate tectonics explains the movement of lithospheric plates. Tectonics comes from the Greek word 'tekton', meaning this.
one who moves
one who constructs
one who destroys
one who floats

Question 4:


Earthquakes that occur at the boundaries of tectonic plates are called interplate. The less frequent type of earthquakes, called this, occur in the interior of the lithospheric plates.
Non-interplate
Innerplate
Intraplate
Ultraplate

Question 5:


The Good Friday Earthquake, which occurred on March 27, 1964, is the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history. It killed approximately 13,000 people.
True
False

Question 6:


The Mercalli scale classifies the intensity of earthquakes by examining this aspect.
The energy a quake generates
The effect of the earthquake on 1 liter of water spread over a surface of 1 square meter
The degree of shift at the Equator
The effects of the earthquake on people and structures

Question 7:


The San Francisco earthquake is one of the most ill-famed earthquakes in history. It happened in this year.
1908
1910
1906
1916

Question 8:


Seismic waves are classified in four types - P-waves (primary), S-waves (secondary), Love waves (surface waves) and this type.
Richter waves
Rayleigh waves
L-waves
F-waves

Question 9:


This earthquake occurred on August 17, 1999, and had a magnitude of 7.4. The reported number of casualties was approximately 17,000. Where did this disaster take place?
The United States
China
Spain
Turkey

Question 10:


The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea earthquake that generated a tsunami, which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people (this is true). The earthquake lasted nearly ten minutes.
False
True

 


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