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One of man's persistent fears about earthquakes is that the Earth will open and swallow everyone and everything nearby. Shallow crevasses can form during earthquake-induced landslides, lateral spreads, or other types of ground failures. Faults, however, do not open up during an earthquake. Movement occurs along the plane of a fault, not perpendicular to it. If faults opened up, no earthquake would occur because there would be no friction to lock them together.

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May 7, 1989
M 5.6, China – At least one person killed, 91 injured and 5,300 houses destroyed in the Gengma area, China. Felt strongly in Lancang and Menglian Counties. Direct… Read More

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