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Earthquakes Lesson Plans Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which statement is FALSE about tectonic plates?

Question 2 2. The point where the earthquake occurs is called the:

Question 3 3. What does the Richter scale measure?

Question 4 4. Compared to P-waves, surface waves travel _____ and cause _____ damage.

Question 5 5. What causes an earthquake?

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Question 6 6. How do earthquakes occur?

Question 7 7. What can you expect to happen after experiencing an earthquake?

Question 8 8. Which of the following choices describes a tsunami?

Question 9 9. How does fire danger increase during earthquakes?

Question 10 10. Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes that occur _____.

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Question 11 11. How does a magnitude 4 earthquake differ from a magnitude 8 earthquake in regard to energy?

Question 12 12. What are the characteristics of an earthquake that make it so damaging?

Question 13 13. A _____ is a machine that produces (a) _____.

Question 14 14. The elastic rebound theory explains how:

Question 15 15. Why do earthquakes occur?

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Question 16 16. Which is NOT a type of stress that causes rock to break underground?

Question 17 17. What does it mean to say that the Richter scale is logarithmic?

Question 18 18. Identify how liquefaction occurs during an earthquake.

Question 19 19. Where is the epicenter of an earthquake found?

Question 20 20. In addition to the structural damage that occurs during an earthquake, why are earthquakes so economically damaging?

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Question 21 21. The magnitude of an earthquake is how _____.

Question 22 22. Which of the following best describes a fault?

Question 23 23. Geologists measured an earthquake at 3.8, but then measured another earthquake a day later at 4.6. How would a geologist analyze this situation?

Question 24 24. Why can geologists not predict earthquakes?

Question 25 25. P-waves travel as _____ waves while S-waves travel as _____ waves.

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Question 26 26. Geologists measure three different earthquakes on their seismographs within a few days. One quake registered at 4.2, one at 3.6, and the other at .3. Which quakes would most likely be the foreshock, the main earthquake and the aftershock?

Question 27 27. The seismic waves that do most of the shaking are:

Question 28 28. The _____ is where the earthquake occurs; the _____ is directly above it on the surface.

Question 29 29. The movement of the ground due to rock breaking below the surface during an earthquake is known as _____.

Question 30 30. Why would the Richter scale NOT be the best tool to use to precisely measure a 7.5 magnitude earthquake?

Earthquakes Lesson Plans Chapter Exam Instructions

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