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Earthquakes are mainly caused by the  movement of plate tectonics , present in the earth’s crust.  Naturally, earthquakes can also be caused by volcanic eruptions. Every year, around 500,000 earthquakes occur on earth . But most of these have very low intensity and only 100,000 are felt. Severe earthquakes cause material damage and loss of life on a large scale. These destructions are not always directly caused by earthquakes but instead by  natural disasters triggered by these earthquakes. Tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, flooding, liquefaction, avalanches, and landslides are deadly natural disasters that are caused by earthquakes. ( Source ) In the East African Rift System (EARS), the tectonic plates are continuously trying to  create new plates  by splitting the old ones. It is a rare example of an active continental rift zone. ( Source )   Earthquakes produce massive energy. An earthquake of magnitude 9 is equivalent to  99 million tons of TNT . It is the energy produce by 25