Earthquake Myths - 10 of 9
Earthquake Myths FAQs - 9 Found
No. The magnitude of an earthquake is related to the length of the fault on which it occurs. That is, the longer the fault, the larger the earthquake. A fault is a break in the rocks that make up the Earth's crust, along which rocks on either side have moved past each other. No fault long enough to generate a magnitude 10 earthquake is known to exist.
Now for the history lesson - the largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.6 on May 22, 1960 in Chile on a fault that is almost 1,000 miles long.
Scientists, however, can't rule out a 'MegaQuake' because they've only been measuring earthquakes for 100 years, which is a blink of on eye in geologic time. I also want to point out that the magnitude scale on which earthquakes are measured is open-ended, meaning that science has not put a limit on how strong an earthquake could be.