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Of or pertaining to the natural phenomenon when tectonic plates slide or move causing the Earth's surface also move which causes devastating damage to cities and towns.

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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

Natural environment; Earthquake

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, following a 9.0 earthquake ...

2012 Indian Ocean earthquake

Natural environment; Earthquake

On 11 April 2012 an undersea earthquake struck near the Indonesian province of Aceh measuring at a magnitude of 8.6. There were initial fears that it would cause a subsequent tsunami, but warnings ...

P wave

Natural environment; Earthquake

A seismic wave that involves particle motion in the direction of propagation.

Rayleigh wave

Natural environment; Earthquake

A seismic surface wave involving elliptical motion in a vertical plane oriented in the direction of propagation of the wave.

Richter scale

Natural environment; Earthquake

A scale ranging from 1 to 10 used to show the size of an earthquake.

Ring of Fire

Natural environment; Earthquake

The area around the pacific basin where a lot of seismic activity occurs, including the western coast of north and south america and east asian islands like japan.

S wave

Natural environment; Earthquake

A seismic body wave involving shear motion transverse to the direction of propagation of the wave.

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