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Part of Hall of Planet Earth.


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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.

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Earthquakes

Keywords: Geology, Earthquakes, Force and energy

Audience: General