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Questions tagged [earthquake]

For questions relating to the consequences of, nature of, or creation of, earthquakes, tremors, and similar geological movements.

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What could trigger powerful quakes on icy world?

Imagine a planet orbiting a star some billions of lightyears away from us, the planet is 4 times the mass of Earth and is covered with ice 100km thick on average. It is believed that liquid ocean ...
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How might a naturally-occuring geographical barrier between two areas *suddenly* become permeable so that a few people can cross it?

The world is Earth, probably west coast of the USA, in the throes of severe climate disaster; major storms, earthquakes, droughts, fires and floods are the norm. I am looking for a way to suddenly ...
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World in drought - How long does it take for a forest to die without water?

In my world a powerful earthquake produces an opening in the tectonic plates and changes the geography of an entire continent. Most of the great rivers deviate from their courses or disappear, leaving ...
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A ravine ~15 miles (~ 24 km) deep on average opens up in the Himalayas. Do we survive?

A ravine the size of the Mediterranean in area and ~15 miles (~ 24 km) deep on average opens up over the course of a few days in the Himalayas. A size comparison of the Mediterranean Sea to the U.S. ...
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How can the human race disappear in a few days? [duplicate]

Is it possible to eradicate the human race in one week? And if yes, by which way? Of course, the human race should do everything to survive. What could be more powerful than our will to survive? 1. ...
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A Worldwide Wave

What would have to happen for a giant tidal wave to wash its way around an entire planet? The planet can be like earth, with the same size, mass, and everything else. However the wave must start ...
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Earthquake modeling on a fictitious extraterrestrial moon

Thanks in advance for any input you can provide! I have a moon called Vieneo http://rise.unistellar.com/Vieneo which has some geological modelling of faults and epicenters over some range of time: ...
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Can a rogue nation trigger an earthquake?

In a story I'm working on, a rogue nation-state has decided to attack another country. They want to make the attack seem more natural, though, and so they've decided to trigger an earthquake. This ...
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Bendable Construction Material

I need to find a construction material with the following properties: 1) Flexibility: The material should be able to bend itself 90 to 180 degrees. This property is needed to survive an earthquake ...