IS-325: Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation

1. During an earthquake, nonstructural systems, such as lighting or ceiling tiles, can cause more problems for people than the structure itself. A. True

B. False

2. There are ways to protect your house against future earthquakes. A. True

B. False

3. When discussing earthquakes, the return period is: A. How long it's been since an earthquake of a certain magnitude

B. How often, on average, an earthquake of a given magnitude repeats

C. How long you have after you hire a contractor to decide you don't like them

D. How soon your business can reopen after an earthquake

4. Where do most earthquakes occur? A. Earthquakes are evenly distributed around the world

B. In the middle of tectonic plates

C. In areas with lots of buildings

D. At the edges of tectonic plates

5. Which of the following terms is used to describe the likelihood of having an earthquake in a given location? A. Seismicity

B. Earthquakes

C. Faulterrific

D. Seismitude

6. Risk is A. The combination of hazard and vulnerability.

B. The combination of jeopardy and monopoly.

C. The combination of magnitude and intensity.

7. Which of the following natural disasters cause the greatest economic loss? A. Tornadoes

B. Hurricanes

C. Earthquakes

8. Which of the following is a myth about earthquakes? A. Earthquakes only happen during the day.

B. Earthquakes usually concentrate around faults.

C. Earthquakes can happen in all seasons.

9. The best thing to do during an earthquake is to run from the building. A. True

B. False

10. If your building is undamaged, you can immediately resume business after an earthquake. A. True

B. False

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