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I recently recieved a practice essay question which was "Earthquake hazards are almost entirely human in origin. Discuss."

Now I interpreted this as discuss hazards which are human in origin (such as fires caused by collapsing phone lines, collapsing buildings and spreading disease) as well as natural hazards (like tsunamis, ground shaking and landslides) and I came to the conclusion that hazards were more natural than human in origin. However my teacher said something about the question being about if humans caused earthquakes or something???

How would you interpret this question?
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I recently recieved a practice essay question which was "Earthquake hazards are almost entirely human in origin. Discuss."

Now I interpreted this as discuss hazards which are human in origin (such as fires caused by collapsing phone lines, collapsing buildings and spreading disease) as well as natural hazards (like tsunamis, ground shaking and landslides) and I came to the conclusion that hazards were more natural than human in origin. However my teacher said something about the question being about if humans caused earthquakes or something???

How would you interpret this question?
You ought to be discussing the origin of a earthquake - so if a human causes it or not.

So for example, arguing that some earthquakes can result from human activity such as quasi-natural earthquakes (look them up), from mining, fracking, and building dams for example. There is a case study where an earthquake resulting from dam building in Sichuan, China which you can pull some figures from. But then counteract this by saying that most earthquakes are a purely natural occurrence, resulting from geological activity. Then introduce some case studies into this - e.g. Haiti and Christchurch. You can do on to discuss humans worsening the impact then through factors such as urbanisation, which increased the death toll in Christchurch, and pancaking of buildings in Haiti due to poor building codes and it being an LEDC.

Sorry if a bit rusty, finished Geography A2 last year.
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