Which state in the U.S. has the most earthquakes?
Earthquakes happen more frequently in some areas because these areas are located in near proximity of faults (the edge of a tectonic plate) or volcanoes. Seismic activity generates seismic waves through the Earth's surface that can spread over long areas. Earthquake intensity can measured and assigned a specific magnitude.
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from Earth Science 101: Earth ScienceChapter 21 / Lesson 2