Earthquakes – Chapter 2
Australia sits in the middle of the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, and the unpredictable earthquake activity we have is a result of this plate being pushed around. Australian Geographic has this article relating to that plus a list of the ten biggest earthquakes in history.
Earthquakes in Australia. The most serious occurred on 28 December 1989 in Newcastle, NSW.
Seismology – how seismology helps us to understand Earth’s structure.
Tsunami can travel at speeds up to 950km/h in deep water which can be represented by the speed of a passenger jet.
In MHLW Charles Kingsley wrote of his experience of an earthquake while in the shaky Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a border between France and Spain.
“…The lid of one of her great steam boilers is rather shaky and cracked just here, because the granite has broken and torn the limestone as it lifted it up; and here is the hot water out of the boiler actually oozing out of the crack; and the earthquake I heard last night was simply the steam rumbling and thumping inside, and trying to get out.”