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2 Section 19.1Forces within Earth
Most earthquakes happen because the Earth’s crust moves along plate boundaries Usually the movement is very slight because the rocks resist the movement This causes stress to build up

3 Stress Is the total force acting on crustal rocks per unit of area
Movement occurs when stress overcomes the strength of the rocks There are three kinds of stress Compression is the stress that decreases the volume of a material Tension is the stress that pulls a material apart Shear is the stress that twists a material

4 Strain The deformation of a material in response to the stress
Rocks can take bending, twisting and stretching to a point. That critical point is when the rocks break releasing energy (earthquake)

5 Elastic Deformation Caused when a material is compressed, bent or stretched Generally is temporary Once stress is reduced to zero, materials return to normal

6 Plastic Deformation Caused when stress builds up past a critical point
Rocks are permanently deformed Most materials will display both elastic and plastic deformation behavior—the amount of stress and strain determine which

7 Faults Any fracture or system of fractures along which the Earth moves. The surface along which the earth moves is called the fault plane. There are several types of fault: reverse, normal and strike slip

8 San Andreas Fault Line

9 Reverse Faults Form due to horizontal and vertical compression
Squeezes the rock and causes a shortening of the crust Rock on one side pushes up relative to the other side


11 Normal Faults Movement is partly horizontal and partly vertical
Horizontal movement pulls rocks apart and stretches the crust Vertical movement occurs as stretching causes rock on one side to move down relative to other side


13 Strike Slip Fault Caused by horizontal shear
Movement is mainly horizontal and in opposite directions


15 Earthquake Waves Seismic waves are the vibrations of the ground that occurs during an earthquake Three main types of seismic waves Primary waves Secondary waves Surface waves


17 Primary Waves Also called P waves
Squeeze and push rocks in the direction along which the waves are traveling Movement is similar to that of a coiled wire—the movement is back and forth movement

18 Secondary Waves Also called S waves
Slower than P waves so they are felt second hence the name Their motion cause rocks to move a right angles in direction of waves


20 Surface Waves Third type and slowest of waves
Travel only along Earth’s surface Can cause ground to move sideways and up and down like ocean waves Cause the most destruction because they take the longest time to pass and cause the most movement of the ground


22 Focus and Epicenter The focus is the where the waves originate; usually several km below Earth’s surface The epicenter is the point on Earth’s surface above the focus Surface waves originate from the epicenter and spread out

23 Learning Targets Define stress and strain as they apply to rocks.
Distinguish among the three types of movement of faults. Contrast the three types of seismic waves.

24 19.2 Seismic Waves and Earth’s Interior
Most vibrations of Earth can’t be felt far away from the epicenter But a seismometer can detect even slight movement A seismometer is a sensitive instrument that measures Earth motion Produces a seismogram a paper or computer graph of the movement


26 Clues to Earth’s Interior
Seismic waves change speed and direction at the boundaries between different materials P waves and S waves initially travel through the mantle following direct paths P waves move through mantle and are refracted when they strike the core (they bend) S waves will not travel through liquid and do not travel through the core


28 Learning Targets Describe how a seismometer works.
Explain how seismic waves have been used to determine the structure and composition of Earth.

29 19.3 Measuring and Locating Earthquakes
Richter scale Moment magnitude scale Modified Mercalli scale




33 Learning Targets Compare and contrast earthquake magnitude and intensity and the scales to measure each.

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