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Earthquakes (note that these questions were originally compiled in 2006)

 

1. In which modern day country is Antioch, where a major earthquake in 536 AD is thought to have caused a quarter of a million deaths?

2. What is the name of the fault which runs roughly north to south through the US state of California?

3. Which ancient Iranian city was devastated by an earthquake in December 2003?

4. What term is used for the point on the earth?s surface which is directly above the centre of an earthquakes origin?

5. Which US city was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1906?

6. What was the strength on the Richter scale of the strongest earthquake recorded in Britain in 1984, 4.4, 5.0 or 5.4?

7. Approximately how often is an earthquake in the UK detected?

8. Most earthquakes occur at the boundaries of which geological features?

9. Which North African town was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1960?

10. On the basis of loss of life, which was the 20th century?s worst quake, with 242,000 killed?

11. Which earthquake, in 1556, causing 830,000 deaths, was the most devastating in recorded history?

12. Which European city was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1755?

13. What is the term for a lesser quake after the main quake?

14. Which scientific instrument automatically records the strength of an earthquake?

15. In which year was the last great earthquake on Tokyo, killing some 140,000 people?

16. At what point and below on the Richter scale can earthquakes not normally be felt by human beings?

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1. In which modern day country is Antioch, where a major earthquake in 536 AD is thought to have caused a quarter of a million deaths? Greece

 

2. What is the name of the fault which runs roughly north to south through the US state of California? San Andreas

 

4. What term is used for the point on the earth?s surface which is directly above the centre of an earthquakes origin? Epicenter

5. Which US city was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1906? San Francisco

8. Most earthquakes occur at the boundaries of which geological features? Tectonic Plates

 

10. On the basis of loss of life, which was the 20th century?s worst quake, with 242,000 killed? China

 

11. Which earthquake, in 1556, causing 830,000 deaths, was the most devastating in recorded history? China?

 

13. What is the term for a lesser quake after the main quake? Aftershock

 

14. Which scientific instrument automatically records the strength of an earthquake? Seismograph

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