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Earthquakes Quiz

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Question #1
The place where slippage first occurs is called the earthquake's...

A. focus
B. epicenter
C. magnitude
D. intensity


Question #2
Which of the following best describes aftershocks?

A. a series of small tremors occurring after a major earthquake
B. seismic waves that cannot travel through liquids
C. areas along a fault where slippage and fracturing first occur
D. giant ocean waves that originate at a fault zone


Question #3
The force that can change the size and shape of rocks is called...

A. stress
B. magnitude
C. elasticity
D. friction


Question #4
Most earthquakes occur along or near the edges of the ...

A. North American plate
B. earth's oceans and lakes
C. Eurasian plate
D. earth's lithospheric plates


Question #5
The San Andreas Fault Zone has formed where the edge of the Pacific plate is slipping...

A. under the North American plate
B. over the North American plate
C. south along the North American plate
D. north along the North American plate


Question #6
The Pacific Ring of Fire is an earthquake zone that forms a ring around...

A. the Atlantic Ocean
B. South America
C. the Pacific Ocean
D. North America


Question #7
Which type of seismic wave travels the fastest?

A. L wave
B. P wave
C. S wave
D. surface wave


Question #8
Which type of seismic wave causes rock particles to move together and apart in the same direction as the wave is moving?

A. L wave
B. S wave
C. P wave
D. surface wave


Question #9
What is the minimum number of seismograph stations a scientist must have data from in order to locate the epicenter of an earthquake?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4


Question #10
To determine how far away from a seismograph station an earthquake occurred, scientists plot the difference in arrival times between...

A. P and S waves
B. S and L waves
C. P and L waves
D. seismic waves and tsunamis



This test was made with free online software from Merex Corporation.