Published 12.05.2018 on subject Physics by Guest

Describe how the formation of a fault can result in an earthquake

Answered by Guest

The plates beneath the Earths surface are moving and also colliding with one another. These collisions cause compression of the rocks, resulting in the production of stress. Faults form and spread when the rocks can be compressed no more and they "break". This breakage releases energy and the energy is felt as seismic waves in an earthquake.