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Earthquakes

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Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger landslides and tsunami in short, earthquakes can be very destructive. In this free course you will look at why, where and what happens when they occur and also at how earthquakes are assessed qualitatively and quantitatively.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the reasons for earthquakes
  • Understand where in the world earthquakes are most likely to occur
  • Describe the potential consequences of an earthquake
  • Differentiate between earthquake intensity and earthquake magnitude
  • Appreciate the enormous energies released by earthquakes.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 8 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 22nd March 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Geology
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Earthquakes

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Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger landslides and tsunami - in short, earthquakes can be very destructive. In this course you will look at why, where and what happens when they occur and also at how earthquakes are assessed qualitatively and quantitatively.

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