Interesting Earthquake Facts

August 20, 2009 | In: Nature Facts

It is estimated that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage.

The largest recorded earthquake was a 9.5 quake in Chile in 1960.

Animals do appear to detect some earthquakes before they happen.

The Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, discovered that soft ground shakes more than the hard and rocky ground during an earthquake.

The southern California area has around 10,000 earthquakes each year.

There is no correlation between weather and earthquakes even though some people believe that earthquakes may be related to extreme cold weather or even muggy weather.

Seismic waves move at different speeds in different rocks.

On average, a magnitude 8 quake strikes somewhere every year and some 10,000 people die in earthquakes annually.

The moon does not influence earthquakes.

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