What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components


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The point where the earthquake occurs is called the:

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1. Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes that occur _____.

2. How do earthquakes occur?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although we may feel the earth shaking during an earthquake, there are so many more things happening beneath the surface that cause it. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the causes, components, and places were earthquakes occur.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following items:

  • Place where the epicenter is located
  • Event that causes earthquakes
  • Point where the earthquake actually occurs
  • Place where tsunamis are caused by earthquakes
  • Types of stress that cause rock to break underground

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related earth science lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as epicenter and tsunami
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the causes of earthquakes

Additional Learning

To learn more about the causes and components of earthquakes, review the corresponding lesson titled What is an Earthquake? - Definition and Components. The lesson will help you:

  • Define earthquake, seismograph, tsunami
  • Know the causes of earthquakes
  • Explore the components of them
  • Learn where earthquakes occur