Japan 2004 Earthquake © Wikipedia

An image of the results of an earthquake that occurred in Japan, 2004 © Wikipedia

Earthquakes are the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust. This creates waves of energy which travel through the Earth’s layers. When they reach the Earth’s surface they can shake and move the ground. They are mostly caused by the movement of tectonic plates.

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