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1. Every year on our planet there are about a million earthquakes, but most of it are too weak to cause any damage.
2. The average earthquake lasts about 1 minute.
3. Tectonic plates’ movements are responsible for earthquakes.
4. Meteor impacts and volcanic eruptions can also cause earthquakes.
5. After an earthquake of magnitude 8.0 in Mexico City in 1985, almost all newborn children survived in the collapsed hospital for 7 days without food, water, heat, and human contact.
6. An earthquake can release energy hundreds of times greater than the energy released by the nuclear bomb attack at Hiroshima in 1945.
7. In Parkfield, USA, California, there is a bridge connecting two tectonic plates.
8. Tectonic plates move less than 17 cm per year.
9. An earthquake in A.D. 1201 in the eastern Mediterranean is labeled as the worst earthquake in the history and more than one million died.
10. An earthquake is considered major when it registers more than 7.0 on the scale.
11. Even gravitational pulls of the moon and sun cause earthquakes.
12. There is a region in the Pacific Ocean where there many earth’s tectonic plates meet and is called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’. Earth’s 80% of earthquake occurs near this area.
13. Mine tests and nuclear testing also cause earthquakes.
14. Every year in Japan there are about 1500 earthquakes.
15. Due to the underground release of gases the canal and ponds may smell strange before the earthquake.
16. The longest earthquake, lasting almost ten minutes, occurred in 2004 under the Indian Ocean.
17. California experiences more than 10,000 quakes per year.
18. An earthquake on the moon is called moonquake but are weaker than an earthquake.
19. The 260-meter high Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco has been designed to withstand strong earthquakes
20. The ancient Greeks had a believe that earthquakes were caused by winds rushing out from caves inside Earth.
21. The earthquake of 2011 near Japan increased the Earth’s rotation speed, shortening the day by 1.8 microseconds.
22. The longest earthquake in recorded history took place in 2004 in the Indian Ocean, which lasted for 10 minutes.
23. Northern Hemisphere records more earthquakes than Southern Hemisphere.
24. According to Japan mythology, a giant catfish called Namazu is responsible for earthquakes.
25. A seismograph is the invention of an Englishman John Milne in 1880.
26. The 1964 earthquake in Alaska was so big that water sloshed in wells of Africa.
27. Earth’s axis is shifted by 6.5 inches after the earthquake in Japan in 2011.
28. As a result of a strong earthquake that occurred in 2010, the Chilean city of Concepcion shifted by 3 meters to the side.
29. After the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, the height of Mount Everest decreased by two and a half centimeters.
30. An old African belief attributes earthquake to a wife calling the name of her mother-in-law.
31. One of the most earthquake-prone countries is Japan.
32. Inca architecture was built to be earthquake resistant. Inca masonry is effective in withstanding even major tremors.
33. The famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle was the first to note that soft ground shakes more than hard ground.
34. The largest earthquake reached a magnitude of 9.5 in Chile in 1960. It caused a gigantic tsunami, stretching for 10,000 km.
35. Animals like rats, snakes can somehow feel the threat of an earthquake some time in advance and they reportedly leave their homes and move to some safe area.
36. It is observed by the scientists that within next 85 million years Los Angeles could be located in Alaska.
37. Earthquake can turn water into gold.
38. Richter scale is the invention of American scientist Charles Richter in 1935.
39. In the United States, Alaska is the most earthquake-prone state.
40. A massive rift is formed under the ocean due to the 2011 Japan earthquake.
41. The 1964 earthquake in Alaska was so big that water sloshed in wells in Africa
42. In 1556 a massive earthquake hit Shashi, China which killed over 800,000 people.
43. Earthquakes kill an average of 8000 people per year.
44. Earthquake can release more energy than the atomic bomb explosion.
45. A Richter scale is used to measure the strength of an earthquake.
46. “Earthquake Weather” is a false myth. There is no such thing in reality.
47. Aftershocks of larger earthquakes can last for years.
48. Parkfield, California, is known as “The Earthquake Capital of the World”.
49. Ethiopia donated $5000 to earthquake victims in Mexico because Mexico supported in 1935 when Italy invaded Ethiopia.
50. After the earthquake in the US in 1811, on some sections of the Mississippi River, its course reversed for some time.