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An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from the 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 toss people around and destroy whole 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.

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Amateur video from an American tourist visiting a park when the earthquake struck shows how dynamic the ground can be. This is the result of liquefaction when soil saturated with water experiences stress which increases the pressure of water and causes the soil particles to behave like a liquid, hence the name liquefaction. Extra info here:

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Christchurch New Zealand in ruins after an earthquake :(

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Cracked ground in Christchurch New Zealand

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I was so happy to see my friend come back from Japan after this!

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