Chapter 11: Earthquakes

Concept #4 Quiz

Choose the best possible answer to the following questions about Key Concept 4 "Destruction resulting from earthquakes."


1. Which of the following would be the LEAST IMPORTANT factor that would determine the degree of destruction during an earthquake?  


Match the terms with the most appropriate type of destruction with which they are associated: [Hint]

Using the pulldown boxes, match each item on the left to the corresponding item at right.

A. more violent of these can destroy more stable-construction buildings
B. tendency of material to lose its internal cohesion and fail during shaking
C. very large ocean wave crashing onto shorelines
D. greatest damage, caused by other factors like shaking and unstable slopes
E. other than the obvious, these are indirectly caused by the earthquake due to structural failures

3. Which of the following foundation materials is most stable and which is least stable, and why, during earthquake shaking? [Hint]

4. Which of the following best characterizes a tsunami? [Hint]

5. Which of the following statements are true during an earthquake? Choose all that apply.  

6. Why is it inappropriate to call tsunami “tidal waves,” a name used frequently by news media? [Hint]

7. Which of the following is true about tsumami? [Hint]

8. Why is it difficult to detect a tsunami in the open ocean? Choose all that apply.  

9. Which of the following statements is least likely to explain why an earthquake may have a high death toll in populated areas (like Los Angeles, CA)? [Hint]

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