You're laughing, right? Watching me tumble like that? Are you? Oh! No no, go ahead! But hey, do you know
what just happened? There we go again! Well, this is nothing but an
earthquake, a small one indeed. Come, let me tell you
about Earthquakes today! Zoom In! The surface of the Earth is
like a jigsaw puzzle. Yes, it's not a single piece of land but approximately 20 pieces
of a puzzle that constantly move, but you don't feel it because
they move quite slowly. Each of one those puzzle pieces
are called 'Tectonic Plates'.
So whenever those plates hit bump or slide past another plate,
an earthquake is caused! The surface where these plates slip
is called the Fault or the Fault plane. So when do you think it happens? Well, it happens all the time! But hey, don't be scared. Most of the times, we don't feel the quakes
as they are too small to reach us. But sometimes, they are so strong
that they can be felt over 1000 miles away.
The place where the earthquake originates
is called the Hypocentre and the place where it occurs on the
Earth's surface is called the Epicenter. There are three types of Earthquakes. Convergent boundary. Here, one plate is forced over another
during an earthquake, which causes a Thrust Fault Many hills and mountains have been formed due to the Convergent Boundary.
Divergent boundary Here, plates are drifted apart
from each other, forming a Rift Zone. This kind gives birth to new ocean floors. Transform fault Here, the plates here slip by each other
and this is also called Strike-Slip. So earthquakes are nothing
but the shaking, rolling or a sudden shock of the
Now you know that whenever
the Earth is stressed or angry, it shakes and grumbles! Don't be scared, I was just kidding The instrument used by Scientists to measure the intensity of Earthquake
is known as a Seismograph! A Tsunami is caused when
earthquakes occur under water. Yikes! I need to rush before I tumble again. So this is me Zooming out.
Tune in next time for more fun facts..