Questions answered by Prof. Tom Jordan in this video:
  • What is an "earthquake"?
  • What is a geologic fault?
  • What are the different types of earthquakes?
  • What is the "Richter Scale" of an earthquake?
  • What is the "Moment Magnitude Scale" of an earthquake?
  • What is the "epicenter" and "hypocenter" of an earthquake?
  • What is an earthquake "fault"?
  • What are the different types of earthquake faults?
  • Can earthquakes be predicted?
  • What is the probability of a severe earthquake striking a major city?
  • Where do earthquakes most often occur?
  • What are tectonic plates?
  • What is the USGS?
  • What is SCEC?
  • What are the most common earthquake myths?
  • What is the "Foreshock", "Aftershock", and "Main Shock" of an earthquake?
  • How long do most earthquakes last?

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