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Earthquakes Causes Mapping and Predicting Throughout history man has made many advancements These advancements have been made to make life easier The one thing man cant do is to control Mother Nature Mother Nature can cause many things such as earthquakes The causes of earthquakes have been theorized in many ways According to the book Predicting Earthquakes by Gregory Vogt the Greeks blamed the earthquakes on Poseidon god of the sea25 The Hindu believed that the Earth was a platform that rested on the back of eight great elephants When one of the elephants grew weary it lowered and shook its head causing the ground above to trembleVogt 25 Margaret Poynter writes many primitive people thought that the earth rested upon the back of some sort of animal When that animal became restless great cracks appeared in the ground and tall trees swayed and fell In South America the animal was a whale In Japan it was a great black spider or giant catfish One ancient tribe thought that four bulls supported the earth on their horns To amuse themselves they sometimes tossed it from one to another6 In the same book Poynter says The Chinese believed that monsters lived in the caves inside the Earth When the creatures fought the surface of the earth trembled 6 In Greece it was not an animal but a titan named Atlas who was condemned to support the world upon his shoulders Later about the third century BC a Greek philosopher Aristotle had a more scientific explanation He thought that earthquakes occurred only when hot air masses tried to escape from the center of the earth Two centuries later Lucretius a Roman wrote that underground landslides caused the earths surface to movePoynter 7 Today scientists have found a more logical reason to earthquakes Scientists say almost 600 million years ago all the continents were connected to form a huge super continent called Pangaea At
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