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Global distribution of the Earthquakes

Earthquakes occur in geologically active areas, such as mid-oceanic ridges and mountain-building regions. The zones where earthquakes occur frequently are known as ”Seismic belts”. The principal seismic belts on the earth’s surface are as follow: Read more related articles Circum Pacific Belt: This belt encircles the Pacific ocean and more or less overlaps the belt …

Earthquakes

1. Introduction to an Earthquake An Earthquake may be defined as the shaking and trembling of the Earth’s surface caused by sudden releases of stress with the crust of Earth. Thus an earthquake releases the energy that has been gradually stored through the stress of increasing deformation of rocks. The released energy takes the form …

Earthquake Zones

Major Earthquake zones of the world include countries located on the Asian coast of the Pacific, the eastern coast of the Pacific covering the west coast of North America, and Latin America. Detail of the major zones is as under: The heaviest concentration of earthquakes is along the circum-pacific belt. It includes countries of Japan, …