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For now this is just a collection of resources. Eventually there will be lesson summaries and 5 E model lesson plans.

General Earthquake Resources:
  • Google Earth Real Time Earthquake File: USGS Display real-time earthquakes, seismicity animations, and several real-time earthquake options including color by age/depth.
  • Live Earthquake map: Updates every 5 minute. Helps to dispute the misconception that there are only a few earthquakes a year.
  • IRIS Earthquake Browser
  • Video: A Decade of Great Earthquakes: this animation shows all earthquakes in sequence at a speed of 30 days per second from 1 December 2004 to 30 November 2014, concluding with a map showing all earthquakes recorded in this span of time. It then transitions to a map showing just those earthquakes with magnitude 6.5 or greater (about 500 total), the smallest size known to generate a dangerous tsunami and thus the threshold PTWC typically uses to begin assessing tsunami risk. It then transitions one more time to a map showing earthquakes with magnitude 8.0 or greater (17 total), the “great” earthquakes that are most likely to pose a tsunami hazard if they occur near the sea floor. Good for analyzing patterns.
  • Video: Introduction to Earthquakes: View first–there are some sad scenes.
  • Google Earth activities: Cyber-Enabled Earth Exploration Module 2: Introduction to Earthquakes: PASSWORD: CE3Teacher Investigation one is designed to motivate students to learn more about earthquakes. This is accomplished by using Google Earth to explore several significant historical earthquakes.Investigation two helps students understand what is happening below ground during an earthquake. Specifically, students will use GigaPans and a Google Earth tour to explore several actual faults in order to visualize them as large, three dimensional features that create landscapes visible from space. They will also learn that faulting has occurred over geologic time spans.Investigation three further explores what is happening below ground during an earthquake. Specifically, it builds student content knowledge about seismic waves and introduces related vocabulary.
  • Online interactive: National Geographic Forces of Nature
  • Video: Science of Earthquakes
  • Video: Earthquake Montage
  • Build an Earthquake machine
  • Engineering for Earthquakes Project
  • USGS Animations for Earthquake Terms and Concepts
  • Educational Fact Sheets from USGS IRIS
  • animation: Why Hawaii gets earthquakes?
  • Video: Earthquake! When Plates Collide This video excerpt from NOVA: “Deadliest Earthquakes” shows how Earth’s crust is made up of rocky slabs, called plates, and how those plates are constantly moving.
Stresses and Forces in Earth’s Lithosphere as a Result of Plate Movement:
Faults caused by stresses and forces:
Seismic waves:
Measuring Earthquake Damage:
Earthquake Risk/Safety:


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