Clear, easy-to-read text pairs with oversized, gripping photos to introduce readers to the basics of earthquakes. Readers will learn why they happen, where they occur, and how they change land and affect communities. Simple, labeled diagrams illustrate elevated concepts, such as seismic waves. A Case Study chapter discusses the Haiti earthquake of 2010, while a map aids comprehension. The 2011 Japan earthquake is shown as well. Damage, safety methods, rescue missions, and measurement are also covered. "Breaking News" fact boxes appear throughout, and the book concludes with a "News Flash!" facts page. This compelling title will leave readers feeling more informed about the earthquakes they hear about in the news. Features include a table of contents, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index.