Earthquakes often take place where two continental plates collide. When the plates' edges push against each other, devastating forces are released that cause the Earth to shake.
Earthquakes are very common in Iran and Iraq. That's where the Eurasian and Arabian Tectonic plates meet and where the Zagros mountain range developed – the location of the latest quake.
Seismic fault-line water, much hotter than expected, has been discovered in New Zealand. Geologists say the fluid could be harnessed to generate electricity or heating.
First it was Japan, and then came Ecuador - two major earthquakes in the past days have killed dozens and rendered thousands of others injured and homeless. Were the two linked?
On Monday, November 14, the moon will be almost 30,000 kilometers closer to the Earth than it usually is. For astute gazers of the night sky it should offer a wonderful spectacle not seen since 1948.
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