Earthquake and Volcano Test

Earthquake and Volcano study guide
Name ____________________
1. Which type of stress would be associated with a reverse fault?
2. When plates are separating this type of stress is taking place.
3. A tsunami can be caused by what 3 events?
4. The most common types of faults in an area being pushed together between two tectonic plates
are _____________________.
5. Area that supplies most of the magma and volcanic material during an eruption.
6. A place were molten material cooled in a vertical crack
7. A secondary vent that forms out of the side of a volcano.
8. The difference between magma and lava is
9. The Ring of Fire includes a circle of volcanoes around the
10. Dark colored lava contains less
11. Name a substance that has a high viscosity
12. In a convergent boundary two plates
13. The San Andreas Fault is an example of
14. Name 3 Examples of faults
15. The most destructive seismic wave is called
16. You need information from how many cities to determine the epicenter of an earthquake.
17. The point of a fault where the energy release first occurs.
18. A cone shaped volcano that alternates eruptions from quiet to explosive is called
19. Dark colored lava has what characteristics
20. Light colored lava characteristics
_____ 21. Epicenter
_____22. Foot Wall
_____23. Hot Spots
_____24. Pyroclastic Flows
_____25. Tephra
A. A small area of the mantle that remains
extremely hot for a long period of time
B. The point on Earth's surface directly above the
earthquake focus
C. Rock fragments ejected from a volcano
D. Clouds of hot ash and tephra that can move at
E. The block of rock below a fault
2-Science Scenario 2
Besides showing you the arrival of the different waves, a seismogram will also show you
the amplitude of the waves so that the intensity of the earthquake could be also
calculated. For this purpose we are only interested on the highest amplitude of the S
29. What is the approximate amplitude of the earthquake above?
3- Science Scenario 1
Examine the seismogram below that shows a 26-minute long record of the seismic
waves from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as it was received by a seismograph
station in Germany, over 14,000 km away.
26. Which letter represents the arrival of the first S waves?
27. Which letter represents the arrival of the first P waves?
28. Approximately how much time elapsed between the arrival of the first P and S
II. Science Scenario 3
A nomogram will help you to determine the magnitude (intensity) of an earthquake. The
nomogram on the right gives the magnitude based in the Ritcher scale. Simply by
creating lines between the distance from the earthquake to the amplitude of the S wave
we could determine the magnitude of the earthquake.
30. What is the approximate magnitude of the above earthquake?
III. Short Essay (10 points)
Surtsey, is part of a chain of islands that extend southward from the (main) island of
Iceland. The volcano that makes up this island may be older but the island itself was born
on 15 Nov, 1963. Eruptions actually started below sea level about a half of a year prior to
this. They were detected and located by earthquake activity (seismic tremors) in the area.
Earliest indications of an impending eruption at the surface were from water temperature
increases of 7-9 °C at the sea surface, about 45 days before the above-sea-level eruptions
began. The 1963 eruption actually started at over 100 meters water depth. As the volcano
neared the surface, the eruptions created large explosions. When it neared the surface it
produced an eruption column composed mostly of volcanic ash. The first observations of
an eruption column were by Ólafur Vestman. He observed the volcanic debris from a
ship on the morning of Nov. 14, 1963.
Eventually, the volcano grew above sea level, lava flows were erupted, and a cone
formed. Basaltic lava flows first erupted April 4, 1964. All eruptions ceased in 1967. This
pyroclastic to lava flow transition occurred after the volcano had breached sea level and
had built up a cone that was large enough to keep sea water out of its eruption crater.
Today, the island is being eroded by the large waves of North Atlantic Ocean and will
probably disappear unless it erupts anew. It is presently volcanically quiet.
What type of volcano was Surtsey and use at least 3 sources of evidence from the
text to support your conclusion.