There are about 500,000 earthquakes a year around the world, as detected by sensitive instruments.
While the edges of faults are stuck together, and the rest of the plate keeps moving, the energy that would normally cause the blocks to slide past one another is being stored up. Launch Kid Mode. Tectonic plates move less than 3 inches 17 cm per year.
Please note: The Richter scale grows by powers of 10. Please enter your email address and we'll send you instructions to reset your password.
Comets and Asteroids. The February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand followed nearly 6 months after a magnitude 7. Or download our app "Guided Lessons by Education.
Links to Google Maps for precise location. Water Cycle: Finally, when the plate has moved far enough, the edges unstick on one of the faults and there is an earthquake.
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Your child can see the planets in their orbits and try to label each one. Lesson plan. It causes the surface of the earth to shake.