The Causes of Earthquakes


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Which of the following best describes a fault?

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1. What causes an earthquake?

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evaluate the knowledge you have gained about the causes of earthquakes with this quiz and worksheet. Some of what you will be tested on includes tectonic plates and elastic rebound theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will help you review what you have learned about:

  • Elastic rebound theory
  • Earthquakes triggers
  • Faults
  • Tectonic plates

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the theory of elastic rebound
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine facts about tectonic plates
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what causes earthquakes and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Learn additional information on earthquakes with this video lesson called The Causes of Earthquakes. Here's what you will learn:

  • The definition of tectonic plates
  • Examples of faults
  • The theory of elastic rebound
  • The definition of seismic waves and types
  • What the focus is and its relation to the epicenter