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An earthquake is a sudden and sometimes catastrophic movement of a part of the Earth's crust.

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An earthquake is a sudden and sometimes catastrophic movement of a part of the Earth's crust. Earthquakes result from the dynamic release of elastic strain energy that radiates seismic waves. Earthquakes typically result from the movement of faults, planar zones of deformation within the Earth's upper crust. The word earthquake is also widely used to indicate the source region itself. The Earth's lithosphere is a patch work of plates in slow but constant motion Earthquakes occur where the stress resulting from the differential motion of these plates exceeds the strength of the crust. ...read more.

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Events located at plate boundaries are called interplate earthquakes; the less frequent events that occur in the interior of the lithospheric plates are called intraplate earthquakes Earthquakes related to plate tectonics are called tectonic earthquakes. Most earthquakes are tectonic, but they also occur in volcanic regions and as the result of a number of anthropogenic sources, such as reservoir induced seismicity, mining and the removal or injection of fluids into the crust. ...read more.

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After such a severe destruction that this quake brought upon Pakistani people the local government wants to relocate the town that was closest to the epicenter of the quake. Many locals oppose to such decision because the generation has been brought up in this area. But local government thinks there is a likely chance of this quake to take place again so to be on a safer side they'd like to relocate the town. Larisa Knyazeva Core 8.2 Sec. ET6A 4/25/06 ...read more.

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