What causes an earthquake? Nature explained

Cape Town, South Africa – Following recent earthquakes in both Cape Town and Johannesberg days apart, as well as the U.S.A, #earthquakes has been a trending topic.

While earthquakes may be a regular occurrence in places like the U.S.A and India, it’s a rare occurrence in the Mother Land.

An earthquake is defined as a sudden movement of the earth’s lithosphere. Earthquakes are caused by the release of built-up stress within rocks along geologic faults. They are usually followed by scary aftershocks. 


The burning question, What causes an earthquake? has been on everybody’s lips.

Here are a few key reasons:

Some minor causes such as landslides, avalanches, the collapse of heavy rocks are known to cause triggers.

Volcanic eruptions


Decrease in pore pressure as a result of water extraction.

Increase in pore pressure as a result of heavy rain.


Underground mining activity

Building dams.

According to the record books, on May 22, 1960 the largest recorded earthquake in the world was a magnitude 9.5 in Chile.

The seismic waves shook the entire earth for days after the record-breaking event.

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