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:
- Stresses animation
- Stress building up at subduction zones: (ocean meeting ocean) (ocean meets continent)
Faults caused by stresses and forces:
- Normal Faults: Animation 1 and Animation 2
- Thrust Fault video: Tectonics & Earthquakes of Himalaya—2015 Nepal EQ
IRIS video / Reverse Fault animation
- Strike Slip: Animation
- Transform fault: Animation
- Pictures of actual faults: Challenge students to identify hanging wall, foot wall, and identify the kind of fault and the motion that caused it
- Video and modelling activities
- Quake Warning System: Ask students to design an Earthquake warning system based on what they know about P waves and S waves. Then show them this and this
- Video: USGS: How to read a seismogram
- Videos: We watch earthquake videos and I ask students to point out when they “see” p-waves, s-waves, and surface waves based on how objects move on the screen. I’ve used these but any video will do: video 1, video 2, video 3,
- Animation: How many ways can an earthquake shake us?
- Animated poster: Earthquakes… like ripples on water? and how it’s not
- Animation: p-wave s-wave motion
Measuring Earthquake Damage:
- Video: How big is 9.0 earthquake?
- Animation: Magnitudes: Moment Magnitude Explained:What happened to the Richter Scale?
- Demonstration: Liquefaction demo video demo
- Video: Liquefaction in Christchurch NZ
- Video: Liquefaction in Japan
- Animation: Liquefaction during the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake:Why did buildings tip over during this earthquake?
- Historic Earthquakes: New Madrid formation video New Madrid zone 500 million year journey
- Historical Earthquake: Pictures and video 1906 San Francisco
- Building Bridges/structures to withstand earth engineering activities:
- Predicting Earthquakes: Forecasting earthquakes
- Shake out: handout on keeping safe during an earthquake
- Map: U.S. Earthquake risk map
- Animation: How will 3 buildings, engineered equally, on different bedrock react to an earthquake?
- Video and tutorial: An interactive guide
- Video: Tsunami Awareness
- Video: National Geographic Tsunami 101
- Animation:Haiti’s 2010 earthquake: strike slip vs subduction:Why didn’t the earthquake cause a tsunami?
- Animation: Sumatra: A Tale of Two Earthquakes: In 2004 a Magnitude 9.1 interplate subduction earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed over 230,000 people. Yet a nearby magnitude 8.7 intraplate earthquake in 2012, caused little damage and generated minimal ocean waves. Although the earthquakes appeared similar in magnitude and were close in proximity, they were caused by different tectonic processes related to the greater Indo Australian plate.
- Video: Birth of a Tsunami
- Video: When Nature Strikes – Science of Natural Hazards: Tsunamis