Asia’s Most Quake-Prone Countries

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Asia’s Most Quake-Prone Countries:

1. Indonesia: 50 Occurrences

2. Japan: 31 Occurrences

3. Pakistan: 19 Occurrences

4. Papua New Guinea: 19 Occurrences

5. Russia: 13 Occurrences

6. Solomon Islands: 11 Occurrences

7. The Philippines: 9 Occurences

8. Iran: 9 Occurences

9. China: 7 Occurences

10. New Zealand: 7 Occurences

Types of Faults

Most earthquakes occur along cracks on the Earth’s surface called faults. The movement of the rocks on either side of the fault is too slow for us to notice, but sometimes, pressure builds up and causes a sudden, large movement.

Check out the rest of this article in Asian Geographic No.109 Issue 1/2015 here or download a digital copy here

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