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(South Carolina State Library, 2007-10-29)Earthquakes occur because friction holds the rock masses on either side of the fault together, while plate motion slowly bends and stretches the rock, storing energy much like the energy stored in a stretched rubber ...
(South Carolina State Library, 2007-10-29)Generally earthquakes are found at plate boundaries where two tectonic plates are moving past each other. As they move past each other they sometimes stick, and then release that motion in the form of an earthquake.