Can you hear an earthquake?

Can you hear an earthquake?

Listen to the sound of our earth

Have you ever wondered what an earthquake sounds like? Scientists measure earthquakes using seismometers. The higher the reading on the seismometer, the more powerful the earthquake.

Japan's 2011 earthquake was very powerful. Scientists have turned their measurements from seismometers into sounds that we can hear. Have a listen:

The loud noise at the beginning is the main earthquake. Can you hear popping sounds after the first noise? They are aftershocks. This is where the earth is still moving slightly. These aftershocks can last for years after a large earthquake.

Now you know what an earthquake sounds like! Let's find out what makes earthquakes happen. Click on the slideshow to find out more.

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