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Earthquake for students

Earthquake for students

When the earth shakes, trembles and jerks, we speak of an earthquake. Such an earthquake is terrifying and arouses fears in people because there is practically nothing we can do about an earthquake. We humans are at the mercy of the forces of nature. An earthquake in the open air is not so dangerous. In the city, however, it looks very different! Entire houses can collapse there and people can be buried under them. This is why most people run outside when they are caught in an earthquake. And since an earthquake cannot be predicted like the weather, they usually come as a surprise.

Earthquakes used to be interpreted as the wrath of gods who wanted to punish people. Modern science, however, has discovered how earthquakes occur and where most of them occur. Techniques have been developed to protect against earthquakes and to build safe houses.

Earthquakes can not only destroy, but also have a benefit. Earthquake researchers and geologists use earthquake waves to examine the interior of the earth. It even creates artificially small earthquakes. These earthquakes help researchers discover raw materials that are hidden deep in the ground.

As contradictory as it sounds, the forces that create earthquakes also ensure that the earth's crust is reasonably stable. And without the dynamics of the earth's interior, probably no life would have developed on earth.
If these lines have piqued your curiosity, you will find answers to many burning questions about earthquakes and the structure of the earth on the following pages.

Image: On the run from earthquake and tsunami. © Westamult /

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