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Geology Terms

Here are some basic terms used on this page. Find more geology terms in the Glossary.

Basalt
Volcanic rock caused by partial melting of the Earth's crust.
Epicenter
The spot on the surface of the Earth directly above the area where an earthquake took place.
Fault
A split or fracture in the Earth's crust where two blocks of crust have slipped, slid or pushed against each other.
Focus (Earthquake)
The area inside the Earth where an earthquake happened. Also known as the Hypocenter.
Hypocenter
The area inside the Earth where an earthquake happened. Also known as the Focus.
Intensity
The observed effects that an earthquake shaking the ground has on people, buildings, man-made structures and natural features.
Magnitude
The seismic (earthquake) energy recorded on a seismograph.
Mercalli Intensity Scale, Modified
Earthquake intensity measured on a scale that has 12 increasing levels. The scale takes into account how people "felt" the quake and the observed structural damage.
Richter Magnitude Scale
A scale that mathematically rates how much force an earthquake releases based on seismograph readings
 
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