Earthquakes are the shaking, rolling or sudden shock of the earth's surface.
Earthquakes happen along cracks (called fault lines) in the earth's surface. Earthquakes can be felt over large areas although they usually last less than one minute.
Earthquakes cannot be predicted -- although scientists are working on it! Earthquakes are measured by something called a Richter scale. Earthquakes are common in the Caribbean and although rarely happen in Saint Vincent do still happen.
In an earthquake, remember to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. DROP to the floor and get under something for COVER and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. Earthquakes are sometimes called temblors, quakes, shakers or seismic activity. In 1280, "earthquakes" were called "eorthequakynge"