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A geological event caused by shifting tectonic plates, triggered by a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are recorded with a seismometer, also known as a seismograph. The moment magnitude (or the related and mostly obsolete Richter magnitude) of an earthquake is conventionally reported. Magnitudes of 3 or lower are mostly imperceptible; magnitudes of 7 or more cause serious damage over large areas. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale
Cause of death Direct trauma due to collapse of buildings, dehydration, shock, crush injury
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Far more attention was given to the quake in Pakistan, where officials said at least 35 people were killed in villages just across the border from Iran.
If they do notice patterns, scientists might be able to predict when a quake will occur.
In the case of any quake, California Institute of Technology seismologist Kate Hutton said, residents need to leave the shoreline.
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Analyses conducted soon after the quake--ones that considered the size and duration of the ground motions recorded by remote seismometers--suggested that the quake measured a magnitude 7.
At ground zero for earthquake study, dozens of sensors - seismometers, strainmeters, creepmeters - allowed researchers to monitor the moments before, during and after the temblor - information that might help unlock the mystery of predicting quakes.
The agency said the islands could be hit by more quakes with strong tremors in the future as the crustal movement caused by the rise in magma continues.
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In the days that followed Turkey's quake, death was so widespread, rescuers stored decaying bodies on an icehockey rink to prevent an outbreak of cholera, a deadly bacterial disease.