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Department
Earth Sciences
Course
EARTHSC 2GG3
Professor
Sergei Basik
Semester
Fall

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Earthquakes Causes and Characteristics Lecture 5 September 17 2013 We learn geology the morning after the earthquakeRalph W Emerson Causes of EarthquakesEarthquakesform along faults in the Earths crustThe epicenter is the point on the earths surface vertically above the hypocenter or focus point in the crust where a seismic rupture begins An earthquake is caused by a sudden slip on a faultFaults are simply fractures in the crust along which rocks on one side of the break move past those on the otherFaults are measured according to the amount of displacement along the fracturesPhoto San Andreas Fault California Courtesy of USGS
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