What actually is a earthquake?

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An earthquake is caused by the shifting of the earth's Tectonic Plates that make up the outer crust. The plates rub against each other which causes shock waves that can either be unnoticeable or dramatic, and even deadly to those who experience it. The place an earthquake occurs is called the Hypocenter.

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Where earthquake geographic location?

the epicenter of the earthquake is where the earthquake hit. technically, you need three epicenters the find where the earthquake actually hit, though. Edit: The epicenter is the location on the surface traced to by seismographs for people to get an idea of where the earthquake happened. The hypocenter is where the earthquake actually happened below the surface.

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