explain how an earthquake occurs

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An earthquake can occur when two tectonic plates rub against each other, causing friction. A large earthquake, like the one that caused the massive Tsunami a couple years ago, occurs when one plate gets stuck and the tension builds up and is finally released in a jarring shock. Kind of like a rubber band being pulled further apart and then released

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 Earthquakes are caused by a disturbance deep under the Earth's crust.the outer most layer of the Earth's crust is fragmented (broken into small pieces).Each fragment is called a plate and are unstable.When the plates brush past one another or a plate goes under another due to collision,some disturbance is caused in Earth's crust, resulting in tremors and earthquakes.

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