|Pushing plates cause earthquakes|
News report - Earthquake in New Zealand
The tsunami is caused when two of the plates meet and like we already mentioned they keep pushing together until one plate slips. The ocean floor jerks upward and this causes the water to also move upward at a really fast pace. The water has literally been pushed forward so it is now speeding towards the coast where there might be a town or village. This clip helps you get a more visual image of how a tsunami would happen. Explaining how tsunamis happen
So as we can see, earthquakes can cause loss of lives in many different ways. Engineers are always trying to come up with different ways to make stronger buildings that can withstand the violent tremors of earthquakes and stay standing when the ground moves.