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An earthquake (also known as a tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are caused mostly by rupture of geological faults, but also by volcanic activity, landslides, mine blasts, and nuclear experiments. Tectonic earthquakes will occur anywhere within the earth where there is sufficient stored elastic strain energy to drive fracture propagation along a fault plane. In geology, a fault or fault line is a planar fracture in rock in which the rock on one side of the fracture has moved with respect to the rock on the other side. Large faults within the Earth's crust are the result of differential or shear motion and active fault zones are the causal locations of most earthquakes.

Earthquakes can happen almost anywhere in the world, but most of the world's earthquakes (90%, and 81% of the largest) take place in the 40,000-km-long, horseshoe-shaped zone called the circum-Pacific seismic belt, also known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, which for the most part bounds the Pacific Plate. Caribbean, where Haiti is located, belong to this Ring of Fire.

Earthquakes are not a punishment from God, they are simply a natural phenomenon although sometimes caused by mankind.

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Date: 2010-01-15 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Well, as a polytheist, I do believe that natural phenomenon may have Divinity ultimately acting as the "why" behind the "how", but I think that where the functions of the planet are concerned, Divinity is simply too indifferent to dish out punishments on an entire people. Not that we don't matter to the Gods, but just that sometimes what is best for the planet is not what's best for us; and just as there are Gods who must drive these phenomenon, there are Gods who weep for the casualties.

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