Understanding Earthquakes: Help and Review Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes in which of the following locations?

Question 2 2. What causes an earthquake?

Question 3 3. Compared to P-waves, surface waves travel _____ and cause _____ damage.

Question 4 4. In addition to the structural damage that occurs during an earthquake, why are earthquakes so economically damaging?

Question 5 5. The magnitude of an earthquake is how _____.

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Question 6 6. What can you expect to happen after experiencing an earthquake?

Question 7 7. 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 8 8. The _____ is where the earthquake occurs; the _____ is directly above it on the surface.

Question 9 9. The elastic rebound theory explains how:

Question 10 10. The seismic waves that do most of the shaking are:

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Question 11 11. Which is NOT a type of stress that causes rock to break underground?

Question 12 12. How does fire danger increase during earthquakes?

Question 13 13. What does it mean to say that the Richter scale is logarithmic?

Question 14 14. The point where the earthquake occurs is called the:

Question 15 15. Which of the following choices describes a tsunami?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following best describes a fault?

Question 17 17. The movement of the ground due to rock breaking below the surface during an earthquake is known as _____.

Question 18 18. Which statement is FALSE about tectonic plates?

Question 19 19. Why would the Richter scale NOT be the best tool to use to precisely measure a 7.5 magnitude earthquake?

Question 20 20. A _____ is a machine that produces (a) _____.

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Question 21 21. How do earthquakes occur?

Question 22 22. Where is the epicenter of an earthquake found?

Question 23 23. What does the Richter scale measure?

Question 24 24. Identify how liquefaction occurs during an earthquake.

Question 25 25. How does a magnitude 4 earthquake differ from a magnitude 8 earthquake in regard to energy?

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Question 26 26. 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 27 27. What are the characteristics of an earthquake that make it so damaging?

Question 28 28. P-waves travel as _____ waves while S-waves travel as _____ waves.

Question 29 29. Why do earthquakes occur?

Question 30 30. Why can geologists not predict earthquakes?

Understanding Earthquakes: Help and Review Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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