Tectonic Hazards - Impacts of Earthquakes

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Primary Impacts:

  • Buildings and bridges collapse, people are injured or killed
  • Roadways, railways, ports and airports are damaged
  • Electrical cables are damaged, cutting off supplies
  • Gas pipes are broken, casuing leaks and cutting off supplies
  • Telephone poles and cables are destroyed
  • Underground water and sewage pipes are broken, causing leaks and cutting off supplies

Secondary Impacts:

  • Earthquakes can trigger landslides and tsunamis - destroys more buildings and causes more injuries and deaths
  • Leaking gas can be ignited, starting fires
  • People are left homeless
  • People may suffer from pyschological problems if they knew people who died or if they lose their home etc.
  • There's a shortage of clean water and a lack of proper sanitation - this…


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