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    • Energy Released by Earth
      No other natural force compares in sheer power with earthquakes. They represent enormous and nearly instantaneous releases of energy that can tear apart the landscape, leaving fault scarps like the one before you. Inherently unpredictable, earthquakes can rumble to life in areas where none had been known before. The energy released by the earthquakes travels through the Earth in waves. These waves can be destructive, but they also provide essential information about the Earth’s interior.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Earthquakes

      Keywords: Geology, Earthquakes, Force and energy

      Audience: General

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San Andreas Fault Zone

The San Andreas fault zone

The 1,200-kilometer-long San Andreas fault zone is part of the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates, and thus is known as a transform fault.

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