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Q: Does Chile earthquakes cause fires?
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Why is fires the leading cause for earthquakes?

fires are not the leading cause of earthquakes. The earth is covered in massive plates that move around. When these plates rub against each other massive amounts of energy is built up. Earthquakes are the release of this energy.


Why does so many earthquakes occur in Chile?

Because Chile is located near the tectonic plates under the earths surface which when they rub together can cause earthquakes.


Is Chile prone to earthquakes?

Chile is highly prone to earthquakes


Why do earthquakes often cause damging fires?

Earthquakes can break gas and electrical lines. The gas is highly flammable and electrical sparks can start fires. In older times earthquakes would frequently cause wood and coal-burning stoves to spill their contents.


How many earthquakes have there been in Chile?

There have been over 1000 earthquakes in Chile.


Why are earthquakes so devastating?

Gas lines break which cause fires. Also the shaking.


Earthquakes cause fires?

Yes they can but rupturing gas piplines, and knocking over power lines.


Floods droughts fires and earthquakes are examples of?

Floods, drought, fires and earthquakes are examples of natural disasters.


What natural disasters do earthquakes cause?

earthquakes cause fires and tsunamis. earthquakes are caused either ice bergs falling down from somewhere e.g iceland or antarctica, or from the tetonic plates clashing together, or they go after volcanic eruptions


Do volcanoes cause any other natural disasters?

yes they cause earthquakes, flash floods, landslides, mudflows, fires and thunderstorms.


How do earthquakes cause fires?

Earthquakes cause fires when gaslines are ruptured, releasing gas, or power lines brought down, causing arcing and sparks. Wood-burning apparatus can be tipped over. In an earthquake, water mains can also be broken, further compounding the problem because fire-fighters do not have access to water to fight the fires.


What tectonic plates cause the 1960 Chile earthquake?

The ongoing collision of the Nazca plate and the South American plate causes virtually all of the earthquakes in Chile.


Are there volcanoes or earthquake in Chile?

Yes. Chile has earthquakes and volcanoes.


How do earthquakes affect ecosystems?

Earthquakes affect ecosystems in a very huge manner. They uproot trees, cause fires, rapture the surface of the earth and so much more.


Why does Chile experience earthquakes?

Chile is located on a tectonic plate boundery and a subduction zone called the Peru-Chile trench. Very violent earthquakes happen at subduction zones.


Which two tectonics plates caused the earthquake in Chile?

As a date has not been specified in the question, the answer has to be general in nature: The Nazca and South American plates typically cause earthquakes in Chile.


What other natural disasters occur during earthquakes?

Earthquakes can trigger landslides and can cause tsunami (tidal waves). Earthquakes also cause damage to infrastructure which can lead to fires (especially where gas pipelines are damaged) and may cause the spread of disease due to damage to water and sewer pipe lines.


Why do earthquakes often cause damaging fires?

seismic waves can break gas lines water lines and electrical lines


Which country in south America had the most earthquakes?

Well it must be Chile because Chile is very close to the plate boundary and Chile has experienced some of the world's most powerful earthquakes.


Why are the people in Chile prepared for earthquakes?

Because earthquakes happen very often there.


What is a physical process that happens in Chile?

earthquakes


Does Chile have natural disasters?

Yes. Chile is prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.


How do earthquakes affect animals habitat?

1. Mudslides 2. trees are uprooted and fall 3. Cause fires which can wipe out forests


How do earthquakes cause fire?

Earthquakes cause fires when gaslines are ruptured, releasing gas, or power lines brought down, causing arcing and sparks. Wood-burning apparatus can be tipped over. In an earthquake, water mains can also be broken, further compounding the problem because fire-fighters do not have access to water to fight the fires.


What are the dangers of earthquakes?

Earthquakes can cause tsunami's and destroy building. If they are power full enough they can break gas pipes and cause great fires.If you are inside of a building during an earthquake, falling debris and electrical equipment can trap, hurt, or even kill you