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Trivia Quiz - Earthquake!

Great earthquake trivia in this earthquake fact quiz!

Quiz Number: 5510
Date Submitted: May 19, 2015
Quiz Categories: Science & Nature
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: bill
Average Score: 52.1 percent
Times Taken: 48 times
Taken by Registered Users: 4

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1. Which of these is not a scale for measuring earthquakes?
  A.   Richter Scale
  B.   Modified Mercalli Scale
  C.   Shindo Scale
  D.   Modified Fujita Scale

2. The most geologically active region on Earth circles the Pacific Ocean, touching the coasts North and South America, Japan, China and Russia. What is the common name for this active earthquake and volcano area?
  A.   The Pacific Ring of Fire
  B.   The Line of Fire
  C.   The Rock and Roll Zone
  D.   none of the above

3. What is the name for a minor quake that occurs before the main earthquake?
  A.   tremor
  B.   preshock
  C.   foreshock
  D.   rumbler

4. What is the name for a giant wave that occurs after an underwater earthquake?
  A.   moraine
  B.   tsunami
  C.   glacier
  D.   asteroid

5. What do the letters USGS stand for?
  A.   United States Geological Statistics
  B.   United States Geological Survey
  C.   United States Ground Search
  D.   none of the above

6. On the Richter scale, how much stronger is a 7.0 earthquake versus a 6.0 earthquake?
  A.   2 times as powerful
  B.   10 times as powerful
  C.   100 times as powerful
  D.   they are the same strength

7. The word "seismic" means earthquake, and most discussions of earthquake activity usually include this term in some form. From what language did this word originate?
  A.   Peruvians
  B.   Babylonians
  C.   Roman
  D.   Greek

8. What is the most earthquake-prone state in the U.S.?
  A.   California
  B.   Alaska
  C.   Nevada
  D.   Texas

9. When referring to earthquakes, what is a "fault"?
  A.   the damage caused by an earthquake
  B.   same as a tremor
  C.   an existing weakness in the earth's crust
  D.   none of the above

10. Where in the United States will you find the New Madrid Fault?
  A.   Missouri
  B.   California
  C.   Nevada
  D.   Oregon®   

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