Quiz: Can You Answer These Fundamental Geology Questions?

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  • 1. 
    How many seismographs are required to determine the location of the epicenter of an earthquake?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      9

  • 2. 
    What is the focus of the epicenter?
    • A. 

      The point on the Earth's surface directly above the focus.

    • B. 

      Vibrational energy waves that travel outward in all directions from the focus. They can be measured on a seismograph.

    • C. 

      Data from 3 seismic statins is used to triangulate the location of the epicenter.

    • D. 

      The place within the Earth where energy is released.

  • 3. 
    Where do most earthquakes occur?
    • A. 

      Along Plate Boundaries

    • B. 

      Oceanic divergent boundaries

    • C. 

      Landslides

    • D. 

      Liquifaction

  • 4. 
    All of the following are several examples of earthquake hazards EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Ground Motion

    • B. 

      Fire

    • C. 

      Tornado

    • D. 

      Tsunamis

  • 5. 
    What are the major characteristics of P and S waves?
    • A. 

      Compressional wave, slower seismic waves 6km per second, transmitted through only solids: Shear wave, fastest-3.5 km per second, transmitted through solids and liquids.

    • B. 

      Shear wave, slower-3.5 km per second, transmitted only through solids.

    • C. 

      Compressional wave, the fastest seismic waves 6km per second, transmitted through solids and liquids

    • D. 

      Compressional wave, fastest seismic waves 6km per second, transmitted through solids and liquids: Shear wave, slower-3.5 km per second, transmitted only through solids.

  • 6. 
    What is the difference in intensity between earthquakes with Richter magnitudes of 5 and 8?
    • A. 

      The place within the Earth where energy is released.

    • B. 

      Based on amplitudes of the largest seismic waves.

    • C. 

      Data from 3 seismic statins is used to triangulate the location of the epicenter.

    • D. 

      An increase of 1 fold increase of 1 on the scale =10 fold increase in intensity

  • 7. 
    What is a seismic gap?
    • A. 

      Based on amplitudes of the largest seismic waves.

    • B. 

      No reliable method

    • C. 

      Areas known to be under strain that have not produced earthquakes.

    • D. 

      Shear wave,slower-3.5 km per second,transmitted only through solids.

  • 8. 
    What is the fastest type of seismic wave?
    • A. 

      Richter Scale

    • B. 

      Secondary waves

    • C. 

      Primary waves

    • D. 

      3 Seismic Stations

  • 9. 
    What is the focus of an earthquake?
    • A. 

      Based on amplitudes of the largest seismic waves.

    • B. 

      The point on the Earth's surface directly above the focus.

    • C. 

      The place within the Earth where energy is released.

    • D. 

      Transmitted throughsolids and liquids.

  • 10. 
    Which type of seismic wave is responsible for causing the most damage?
    • A. 

      Surface Wave

    • B. 

      Primary Wave

    • C. 

      Secondary Wave

    • D. 

      Seismic Wave

  • 11. 
    Where do you find the deepest focus earthquakes?
    • A. 

      Subduction zones

    • B. 

      Oceanic divergent boundaries

    • C. 

      Continental rifts,collision zones and transforms

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    What is the difference in energy released?
    • A. 

      Based on amplitudes of the largest seismic waves.

    • B. 

      A = 30 fold increase in energy released.

    • C. 

      The place within the Earth where energy is released.

    • D. 

      An increase of 1 fold increase of 1 on the scale =10 fold increase in intensity