Do you support or refute this belief? Answer in a few sentences.Many people have some common beliefs about earthquakes. One of these is that earthquakes occur more frequently in areas of warm...

Do you support or refute this belief? Answer in a few sentences.

Many people have some common beliefs about earthquakes. One of these is that earthquakes occur more frequently in areas of warm climates.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I do not know if earthquakes happen more in areas where there are warm climates.  But I do know that there is absolutely no connection between the climate and earthquakes.  So if there are more earthquakes in warm places, it is only coincidence.

Warm climates, in general, are found nearer to the Equator, colder climates farther away.

Earthquakes happen in places where there are fault lines.  The location of faults has nothing to do with the Equator or with climate.  The location of faults has to do with where the tectonic plates come together.

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Earthquakes occur due to due to relative movements between the tectonic plates in which the upper crust of the earth is divided. Therefore the earthquakes occur in regions above the boundaries of the tectonic plate. The temperature of a region is not known to affect occurrence of earthquakes in any way. Still it is true that frequency of occurrence of earthquakes in more in warmer regions, which are closer to the equator, rather than colder regions which are away from it. This is because size of tectonic plates passing through equator tends to smaller than the ones away from it. As a result the density of boundaries of tectonic plates is higher in regions near to equator than in regions away from it.

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no  they dont

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versatilekamini | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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An earthquake is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are recorded with a seismometer, also known as a seismograph. The word earthquake is used to describe any seismic event — whether a natural phenomenon or an event caused by humans — that generates seismic waves. Earthquakes are caused mostly by rupture of eological faults, but also by volcanic activity, landslides, mine blasts, and nuclear experiments.

Earthquakes generally occur along breaks in the rock mass known as faults, and most occur in regions near plate boundaries. Some 80 percent of all earthquakes occur near convergent plate boundaries, triggered by the interaction of the plates.

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