The largest recorded earthquake was a magnitude 9.2


 

The largest recorded earthquake was a magnitude 9.2

 

Aug. 1, 2020

Global Korean Post

 

 

An earthquake is what happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another. The surface where they slip is called the fault or fault plane.

 

The location below the earth’s surface where the earthquake starts is called the hypocenter, and the location directly above it on the surface of the earth is called the epicenter.

 

 

According to USGS, some interesting facts about earthquakes;

 

-The largest recorded earthquake in the United States was a magnitude 9.2 that struck Prince William Sound, Alaska on Good Friday, March 28, 1964 UTC.

-The largest recorded earthquake in the world was a magnitude 9.5 (Mw) in Chile on May 22, 1960.

 

-The earliest reported earthquake in California was felt in 1769 by the exploring expedition of Gaspar de Portola while the group was camping about 48 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Los Angeles.

 

 

The earth has four major layers: the inner core, outer core, mantle and crust.

The crust and the top of the mantle make up a thin skin on the surface of our planet.

 

By Global Korean Post  (Source: USGS)

 

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