• Earthquakes
  • A sudden motion or trembling in the Earth. The motion is caused by the quick release of slowly accumulated energy in the form of seismic waves. Most earthquakes are produced along faults, tectonic plate boundaries, or along the mid-oceanic ridges.
Abstract from DBPedia
    An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the shaking of the surface of the Earth resulting from a sudden release of energy in the Earth's lithosphere that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes can range in size from those that are so weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to propel objects and people into the air, and wreak destruction across entire cities. The seismicity, or seismic activity, of an area is the frequency, type, and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. The word tremor is also used for non-earthquake seismic rumbling. At the Earth's surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and displacing or disrupting the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides and occasionally, volcanic activity. In its most general sense, the word earthquake is used to describe any seismic event—whether natural or caused by humans—that generates seismic waves. Earthquakes are caused mostly by rupture of geological faults but also by other events such as volcanic activity, landslides, mine blasts, and nuclear tests. An earthquake's point of initial rupture is called its hypocenter or focus. The epicenter is the point at ground level directly above the hypocenter.

    地震(じしん、英: earthquake)という語句は、以下の2つの意味で用いられる。 1. * 地震学における定義: 地球表面を構成している岩盤(地殻)の内部で、固く密着している岩石同士が、断層と呼ばれる破壊面を境目にして、急激にずれ動くこと。これによって大きな地面の振動が生じこれを地震動(じしんどう)という。 2. * 大地のゆれ: 地震動のことで一般的にはこちらも「地震」と呼ばれる。「地震」(なゐふる)という語句は『日本書紀』にも見え、その他古文書の記録にも登場するが、これらは今日の地震学における地震動のことであり、また「大地震」、「小地震」などと共に震度の程度を表すものでもあった。 地震を対象とした学問を地震学という。地震学は地球物理学の一分野である。


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