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An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is broadly defined by experts as the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves. At the Earth’s surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides and occasionally volcanic activity.
The reality of the more severe earthquakes are loss of human life and economic costs that can cripple already fragile economies and weaken the social and political fabric of nations. Knoema highlights below some of the data available to understand the consequences of earthquake activity worldwide.
Source : Earthquake Facts and Statistics