What is EARTHQUAKE...?

December 11, 2006 6:19am CST
any body teel me what is EARTHQUAKE... ? i have knowledge about EARTHQUAKE....?
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@mashimaro (1094)
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
Shaking of the earth's surface caused by rapid movement of the earth's rocky outer layer. Earthquakes occur when energy stored within the earth, usually in the form of strain in rocks, suddenly releases. This energy is transmitted to the surface of the earth by earthquake waves. Most earthquakes are caused by the sudden slip along geologic faults. The faults slip because of movement of the earth's tectonic plates. This concept is called the elastic rebound theory. The rocky tectonic plates move very slowly, floating on top of a weaker rocky layer. As the plates collide with each other or slide past each other, pressure builds up within the rocky crust. Earthquakes occur when pressure within the crust increases slowly over hundreds of years and finally exceeds the strength of the rocks. Earthquakes also occur when human activities, such as the filling of reservoirs, increase stress in the earth's crust