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100% Chance of an Earthquake — Earthquake statistics.

USGS
  • Statistics
  • Prediction
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Visualizations — This collection presents links to images, films, panoramas and animations about the earthquake and fire.

Carleton College/NAGT materials
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Modeling
  • Lessons online
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Societal Effects
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Geology
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience
  • College
  • High School

A Comparison of Two Bay Area Earthquakes: 1989 v. 1906 — Investigate the shaking intensity and magnitude of these two earthquakes.

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Intensity
  • Lessons online
  • Magnitudes
  • San Andreas Fault
  • iconGraphics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School

A Walk through Time — A history of time through the ages.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Physics Laboratory
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Time Information
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • High School

About Earthquakes — basics about earthquakes

University of Washington
  • Basics
  • Seismic waves
  • Plate tectonics
  • Magnitudes
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Intensity
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • High School

Animation of P, S & Surface Waves — seismic wave animations

San Diego State Univ.
  • Seismic waves
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Basics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • General Audience

Animations & Interactive Animations of Seismology Fundamentals — animations illustrating the fundamentals of earthquakes and seismology

Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS)
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Forces
  • Basics
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Plate tectonics
  • Seismic waves
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Animations for Earthquake Terms and Concepts — Flash animations illustrating basic earthquake terms and concepts.

USGS
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Become an Earthquake Scientist — What does a geophysicist do? What do you need to study in school to become a geophysicist? What are the opportunities?

USGS
  • Careers
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Brief History of Seismology to 1910 — brief description of history of seismology

UC Santa Barbara
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Building a Shake Table — discussion and lesson plans

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Shaking
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • College

California Subduction Rocks — A photographic field trip to classic subduction-related rocks across northern California.

About Geology
  • Crustal deformation
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Field trips - virtual, real
  • Plate tectonics
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Can It Happen Here? — Could a large damaging tsunami happen in the United States?

USGS
  • Tsunamis
  • Societal Effects
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Prediction
  • Hazards
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Deaths from Earthquakes
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Chile (02/27/2010) Educational Slide Set — Educational slideset for the 02/27/2010 Chile Earthquake( Download PDF)

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Intensity
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • High School

Continents in Collision: Pangea Ultima — short news piece with images

NASA
  • Crustal deformation
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Cool Earthquake Facts — fascinating earthquake facts

USGS
  • Basics
  • Earthquake facts
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Creep Evidence of Active Faulting — Information about creep on faults, and specifically the Hayward fault.

USGS
  • Plate tectonics
  • Crustal deformation
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • General Audience

Darfield, New Zealand Earthquake (09/03/2010) and its Aftershocks, Including the 02/21/2011 Christchurch Event — Educational slideset for the 09/03/2010 Darfield, New Zealand Earthquake and its Aftershocks, Including the 02/21/2011 Christchurch Event (Download PDF)

USGS
  • Education resources
  • Intensity
  • Shaking
  • Societal Effects
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • College

Demonstrations of Geophysical Principles Applicable to the Properties and Processes of the Earth's Interior — demonstrations with photos and graphics

SUNY Binghamton
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Basics
  • Lessons online
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • College

Depth of Earthquakes — one-page plot and explanation

Berkeley
  • Maps
  • Locations
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Designing Structures to Perform Well During an Earthquake — discussion and lesson plans

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)
  • Lessons online
  • Education resources
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Basics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInteractive
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • College

Determining the Depth of an Earthquake — brief discussion on depths of earthquakes

USGS
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Locations
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Digital Online Geology - Earthquakes — Online version of "Earthquakes" by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, and Dennis Tasa. This informative chapter about earthquakes has images, text, quizzes, and narrated animations explaining what happens when earthquakes occur.

TASA Graphic Arts
  • Basics
  • Books
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Intensity
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Locations
  • Magnitudes
  • Plate tectonics
  • Prediction
  • Seismic waves
  • Shaking
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College
  • High School

Discover Our Earth — Portal for teachers and students for learn the basics about earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, topography, and sea level changes.

USGS & DLESE
  • Plate tectonics
  • Lessons online
  • Basics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • College

Downloadable Animations — Animation clips and other geo-educational items

UC Santa Barbara
  • Education resources
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconGraphics
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Downloadable Freeware — (Mac only) plate tectonic animations, orogeny, Our Dynamic Planet, Origins of Life

UC Santa Barbara
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Early History of Seismometry (to 1900), The — history of various instruments throughout the history of seismology

USGS
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Earth Puzzle — part of a larger publication

Scripps
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Earth Science Course Notes & Graphics — Professor Steve Dutch's excellent online resources for earth sciences with great images for teaching; all the goodies are behind the "Notes" links

Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • Education resources
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Geology
  • Plate tectonics
  • Rock mechanics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Earth Science Education Activities — a wealth of excellent hands-on activities for teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes, seismic waves, plate tectonics, earth structure, seismic waves, convection, seismometers and more!

Purdue Univ.
  • Shaking
  • Seismic waves
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Plate tectonics
  • Magnitudes
  • Locations
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Lessons online
  • Intensity
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Hazards
  • Geology
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Basics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school
  • College

Earth Science Explorer — virtual museum

NASA
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Earth Science Lesson Plans — variety of activities from Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology website

Berkeley
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School

Earth Science World Records — description and graphics of plate tectonics, earthquakes, and more

Extreme Science
  • Earthquake facts
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Earth Sciences Lesson Plans — not really earthquakes, but great lesson plans for K-12

NESEN - Lessons for Earth Systems Education
  • Basics
  • Geology
  • Tsunamis
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school
  • High School
  • Middle School

Earth's Interior & Plate Tectonics — overview with good graphics and lots of details

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Plate tectonics
  • Earth structure
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College
  • Middle School

Earthquake — Deadly earthquakes, damaging EQs, EQ density maps, world and US statistics, historical EQ lists, largest EQ lists, last EQ in..., significant EQ catalogs, seismicity maps of the world and US.

USGS
  • Seismicity
  • Maps
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Statistics
  • Earthquake facts
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Earthquake 101 Powerpoint Slideshow Download — a complete PowerPoint show for the basics

USGS
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Earth structure
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Basics
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Maps
  • Plate tectonics
  • Seismic waves
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Earthquake Accounts by Famous People — personal accounts of earthquake experiences

UC Santa Barbara
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Earthquake Booms, Seneca Guns, and Other Sounds — An examination of strange and unexplained sounds that are sometimes heard accompanying earthquakes.

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School

Earthquake Education Services — lesson plans, information on Wasatch Front

Univ. of Utah
  • Hazards
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • Lessons online
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School

Earthquake Effects in Kobe, Japan — discussion and lots of photos and images of the effects of the Kobe, Japan earthquake

Univ. of Nevada, Reno
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Basics
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Hazards
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Shaking
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Earthquake Facts & Earthquake Fantasy — Companion to "Earthquakes, Megaquakes, and the Movies"

USGS
  • Societal Effects
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Myths
  • Earthquake facts
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Earthquake Hazards on the Island of Hawaii — summary of earthquake hazards in Hawaii

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Earthquake Model — earthquake recurrence, size, and prediction demonstration instructions, brick & sandpaper model

USGS
  • Basics
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Prediction
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School

Earthquake Monitoring — explore the history behind earthquake monitoring; list of additional readings and links also included

USGS
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School

Earthquake Practice Quiz — online quiz

Florida Intl. Univ.
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School

Earthquake Quiz — Online quiz

UC Santa Barbara
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconFun & Games
  • Middle School
  • High School

Earthquake Quiz — online quiz

Univ. of Houston
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School

Earthquake Science Explained — A series of short articles for students, teachers, and parents originally published as weekly features in The San Francisco Chronicle. This USGS General Information Product presents some of the new understanding gained and scientific advances made in the century since the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

USGS
  • Basics
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Hazards
  • Paleoseismology
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Seismic waves
  • Trenching
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Earthquake Videos and Animations — a wide variety of videos created by the Berkeley outreach team, which include earthquake simulations, earthquake safety videos, and presentations by their seismologists

Berkeley
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Trenching
  • Societal Effects
  • Shaking
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Paleoseismology
  • Modeling
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Earthquake Visualizations — Animations showing seismograph operation, tsunami, P and S Waves, earthquake focus versus epicenter, and actual footage of an earthquake.

Carleton College/NAGT materials
  • Tsunamis
  • Seismic waves
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • General Audience
  • High School

Earthquakes — general overview of earthquakes, online USGS general interest publication

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Basics
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Prediction
  • Seismicity
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Earthquakes in the Midwestern and Eastern US?! — summary of earthquakes in the Central and Eastern US

Univ. of Nevada, Reno
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Seismicity
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Earthquakes, MegaQuakes, and the Movies — discussion about facts versus fantasies

USGS
  • Societal Effects
  • Shaking
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Prediction
  • Plate tectonics
  • Myths
  • Magnitudes
  • Forces
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Earthquake facts
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Earthquakes: Seismic Destruction — links to photos of earthquake effects and tsunami effects

National Geographic
  • Tsunamis
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Basics
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Education & Outreach Software — Downloadable software to manipulate seismograms and for visualization.

Binghamton Univ Geological Sciences
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Education resources
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInteractive
  • High School
  • College

Educational slides for the M7.0 January 12, 2010 and M8.8 February 27, 2010 Chile earthquakes — Details on the rupture of the two earthquakes, the shaking distribution, aftershock zone, estimated fatality numbers, and comparisons between the two.Slides with notes

USGS
  • Deaths from Earthquakes
  • Education resources
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Intensity
  • Modeling
  • Plate tectonics
  • Shaking
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School

Essentials of Geology Animations — A collection of animations describing concepts of geology

W.W. Norton and Company
  • Geology
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Earth structure
  • Crustal deformation
  • Plate tectonics
  • Seismic waves
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Exploring the Dynamic Earth: GIS Investigations in the Earth Sciences — book with high quality lessons with maps, images, instructor's manual, teaching tips, etc.

www.brookscole.com
  • Books
  • Education resources
  • GIS
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • College

Faults — photos and graphics of fault types

Univ. of Leeds
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Flinn-Engdahl Regions — description of regions used to identify locations of earthquakes world-wide

USGS
  • Locations
  • Maps
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Garlock Fault Fly-Over — virtual fly-over of the Garlock fault

JPL/NASA
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School

Geological Online Exhibits — geologic time scale, plate tectonics animation, and more!

UC Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley
  • Basics
  • Geology
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Geological Processes & Structures — animations of various types

Earth Science Australia
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Earth structure
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Geology Central — links to resources for Geology and Geophysics

Geology Central
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Field trips - virtual, real
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

geologylink — geology in the news, links to resources, virtual field trips, virtual classroom

Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Basics
  • Field trips - virtual, real
  • Geology
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Global Earthquake Explorer, The — easy tool for non-seismologists to retrieve, display and analyze seismic data

Univ. of South Carolina, IRIS
  • Magnitudes
  • Locations
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • College

Great Quakes — description, graphics and animations about seismic waves, locations of earthquakes, effects, and earthquake engineering

Discovery Online
  • Basics
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Hazards
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

GSA Free Teacher Resources — A good resource for educators that includes lesson plans, info on state standards, awards, and reading suggestions

Geological Society of America
  • Geology
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • Hazards
  • Lessons online
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School

High Quality Earthquake Animations — Simulations of earthquake ruptures that were run on the supercomputers at Caltech's Center for Advanced Computing Research

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Modeling
  • Seismic waves
  • Shaking
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Historical Earthquake Theories — collection of historical earthquake theories and myths

Univ. of Vienna
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Myths
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

How Earthquakes Work — description of the basics

How Stuff Works
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Magnitudes
  • Plate tectonics
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Human Wave (PDF) — learn about the motions of P & S waves with a fun participating exercise

USGS
  • Seismic waves
  • Lessons online
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school

Ideas for Activities Using Live Seismograms — ideas for how to use real-time earthquake information in the classroom

USGS Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • Seismic waves
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • College

Incorp. Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS) Educator Webpages — resources and opportunities for educators

Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS)
  • Seismicity
  • Seismic waves
  • Earth structure
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College
  • Middle School

InsideDisaster - The Haiti Earthquake — wholistic view of the effects and response to the Haiti earthquake, both scientific and societal

PTV Productions
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Deaths from Earthquakes
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Societal Effects
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Investigating Earthquakes Through Regional Seismicity — excellent graphics, animations and activities

Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) & USGS
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Lessons online
  • Seismicity
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • General Audience
  • College
  • High School

Jules Verne Voyager and Jules Verne Voyager, Jr. — an interactive map tool that enables students and scientists to better understand the relationships between geophysical and geological processes, structures, and measurements with high-precision GPS data. These are Javascript based tools.

UNAVCO
  • Seismicity
  • Plate tectonics
  • Maps
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Large Plate Puzzle (PDF) — cut a large world map into puzzle pieces along plate boundaries, students discuss individually land then for the whole map after the class puts pieces together; simple but powerful, discussion Q/A included

USGS
  • Plate tectonics
  • Lessons online
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school

Life Along the Faultline — lots of resources, information, activities and graphics concerning earthquakes in California

Exploratorium
  • Basics
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Listening to Earthquakes — music and earthquakes have something in common!

USGS
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Living in Earthquake Country-Teaching Box — Explores how and why earthquakes cause damage, seismic waves, the ability of scientists to predict the likelihood and severity of earthquakes at specific locations, the difference between magnitude and intensity, the occurrence of earthquakes along patches of planar faults, and the potential damage caused by earthquakes such as landslides, liquefaction, or structural failure.

DLESE
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Hazards
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Education resources
  • Intensity
  • Lessons online
  • Magnitudes
  • Prediction
  • Seismic waves
  • Societal Effects
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School

Living in Earthquake Country: A Teaching Box — 7 lessons with the goal of teaching students about how and why earthquakes cause damage. Explores seismic waves, the ability of scientists to predict the likelihood and severity of earthquakes at specific locations, the difference between magnitude and intensity, the occurrence of earthquakes along patches of planar faults, and the potential damage caused by earthquakes such as landslides, liquefaction, or structural failure.

DLESE
  • Basics
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Geology
  • Intensity
  • Lessons online
  • Magnitudes
  • Parkfield
  • Seismic waves
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • Middle School

Magnitude versus Intensity Lesson (PDF) — classroom lesson to teach the difference between earthquake magnitude and earthquake intensities

USGS
  • Intensity
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • Magnitudes
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School

MegaQuakes/Earthquake Simulator — dial up an earthquake and see the results

Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS)
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • Magnitudes
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • High School

Men & Women of Seismology, The — biographies and photos of famous seismologists

USGS
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Careers
  • People
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker — Push your mouse around to move continents and change the landscape

PBS
  • Basics
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Musical Plates — use realtime data to plot earthquakes and solve problems

New Jersey Networking Infrastructure in Education
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School

NGDC - Natural Hazards Databases at NGDC — Data, images, kids quizzes, and maps from geologic hazards as well as slide shows available for order

National Geophysical Data Center
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Hazards
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInteractive
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

On the Move: Continental Drift & Plate Tectonics — description of plate tectonic history and mechanics

NASA
  • Plate tectonics
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

One-page Information Sheets on Earthquake Topics — one-page information sheets about various earthquake topics

Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS)
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Our Dynamic Plate CD-ROM — CD-ROM you can order

UC Santa Barbara
  • Education resources
  • Maps
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • College

Paleoseismology and the Hayward Fault — How paleoseismology is revealing information about the Hayward fault and its past. New technology being used. Photos from the Tule Pond trench on the Hayward fault.

USGS
  • Paleoseismology
  • Geology
  • Books
  • Trenching
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • College
  • High School

Photos of Faults and Fault Zone Features — photos

Univ. of Oregon
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Plate Tectonic Movement Visualizations — Visualizations and supporting material that can be used effectively to teach students about various geophysics topics. Visualizations include simple animations, GIS-based animated maps, paleogeographic maps and globes, as well as numerous illustrations and photos.

Carleton College/NAGT materials
  • Plate tectonics
  • GIS
  • Seismic waves
  • GPS
  • Earth structure
  • Geology
  • Education resources
  • Crustal deformation
  • Modeling
  • Lessons online
  • iconGraphics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • College

Plate Tectonics, Their Cause — graphics and brief summary

Univ. of Nevada, Reno
  • Crustal deformation
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Maps
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Quake-Catcher Network — A collaborative initiative for developing the world's largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing sensors in and attached to internet-connected computers.

Stanford
  • Education resources
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school

Recommended Reading about Earthquakes for Kids and Adults — list of books

USGS
  • Books
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school

Remote-Sensing Seismic Activities — you are the planner, and you have to consider the earthquake hazards and risks

Montgomery Cty Public Schools
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • Societal Effects
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School
  • High School

San Andreas Fault at Wallace Creek — Interactive, 360 degree panorama of the San Andreas Fault. Aerial photos of the fault taken from a kite.

USGS
  • Crustal deformation
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Field trips - virtual, real
  • Geology
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • San Andreas Fault
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInteractive
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

San Andreas Fault Fly-Over — virtual fly-over of the San Andreas Fault

JPL/NASA
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • San Andreas Fault
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

San Andreas Fault, The — overview of the San Andreas Fault, online USGS general interest publication

USGS
  • Basics
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • San Andreas Fault
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Savage Earth, The — slick presentation of the earthquake basics with great graphics and animations

PBS
  • Basics
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Prediction
  • Seismic waves
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Science Fair Project Ideas — specific projects with directions and ideas

USGS
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school

Science of Earthquakes, The — brief and basic earthquake science concepts

USGS
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school
  • College

Seismic Waves — graphics to explain different types of seismic waves

UPSeis, Univ. of Michigan
  • Seismic waves
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Seismic Waves — demonstration on different types of seismic waves

Aspire
  • Seismic waves
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School

Seismic/Eruption — A free program (PC) you can download for the visualization of seismicity and volcanic activity in space and time

SUNY Binghamton
  • Seismicity
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInteractive
  • High School
  • College

Seismo-Teaching Resources — Links for resources and activities to support teaching the topic of seismology.

Berkeley
  • Hazards
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • Middle School

Seismographs: Keeping Track of Earthquakes — brief description on how seismographs work to locate earthquakes

USGS
  • Seismic waves
  • Networks
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Seismology Teaching Resources — Educational page with seismo links, diagrams, animations, and other teaching resources.

Arizona State University
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Crustal deformation
  • Hazards
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Severity of an Earthquake, The — measuring earthquakes, online USGS general interest publication

USGS
  • Magnitudes
  • Intensity
  • Hazards
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Soil & Earthquakes — explains liquefaction

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)
  • Lessons online
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • College

Southern California Earthquakes, Faults, Photos & Rupture Movies — all things "earthquake" in southern California

Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) & USGS
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College
  • Middle School

Southern California Integrated GPS Network Education Module — excellent graphics, animations and activities

USGS & Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
  • Plate tectonics
  • GPS
  • Education resources
  • Basics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • College

Table-Top Earthquakes — USGS Open-File Report 98-767 (online)

USGS
  • Education resources
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • College

TASA Graphic Arts, Inc. — Plate Tectonics and How the Earth Works, The Theory of Plate Tectonics CDROMS, and more you can order

TASA Graphic Arts, Inc.
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • College

Teacher's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area Geophysics Maps — USGS Open File Report 95-479 (online)

USGS
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • Seismicity
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School

The Richter Scale — An interactive demonstration of calculating the magnitude of an earthquake based on amplitude and S and P wave locations

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Magnitudes
  • Basics
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

The Wave that Shook the World — Online companion to the NOVA broadcast with excellent animations, Q&anmp;A, images, and lesson plans for teachers.

PBS-NOVA
  • Books
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Lessons online
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics — excellent comprehensive overview of plate tectonics with excellent graphics, online USGS general interest publication

USGS
  • Basics
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Today in Earthquake History — what happened today in earthquake history

USGS
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Earthquake facts
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College

Tohoku, Japan 2011 M9.0 Educational Slides — Educational slides for the 2011 Tohoku,Japan M9.0 Earthquake ( PDF version

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Intensity
  • Plate tectonics
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • High School

Tour of San Andreas Fault in the San Francisco Bay Area — virtual field trip

Stanford
  • Field trips - virtual, real
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • San Andreas Fault
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Tour of the Calavaras Fault — virtual field trip

Stanford Exploration Project
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Field trips - virtual, real
  • San Andreas Fault
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Tracing earthquakes: seismology in the classroom — Reconstructing an ancient Chinese seismograph, a simple wave machine, and investigating earthquake-proof buildings.

Science in School
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • High School
  • Middle School

Transforming California: Landforms of the San Andreas Fault — PowerPoint presentation of digital images (60.7 Mb) exploring the landforms found along the San Andreas Fault. Designed for classroom use with a complementing narrative for each slide. One of the many Earthtrip Virtual Field Trips to explore.

Paleontological Research Institution
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Societal Effects
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Plate tectonics
  • Parkfield
  • Paleoseismology
  • Geology
  • Field trips - virtual, real
  • Crustal deformation
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Try It Yourself Calculator — How much bigger is a magnitude 8.7 earthquake than a magnitude 5.8 earthquake?

USGS
  • Magnitudes
  • iconInfo
  • iconFun & Games
  • iconInteractive
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Tsunami — Interactive presentation covering the science of tsunamis, preparedness, research, and historical tsunamis.

Woods Hole
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInteractive
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School

Tsunami! - Tsunamis Past and Present — Basics about tsunamis, information about preparedness, and links to additional resources.

Univ. of Washington
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • College
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Tsunamis — short news piece with images

The Why Files
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Understanding Earthquakes — quiz, descriptions and animations

UC Santa Barbara
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Basics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Understanding Quakes — description, photos, and graphics of earthquake basics and effects of earthquakes in Turkey

The Why Files
  • Basics
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Deaths from Earthquakes
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Hazards
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Maps
  • Plate tectonics
  • Prediction
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

UPSeis Seismology Questions Answered — magnitudes, research, locations, seismic waves, and all the basics explained, as well as preparedness and hazards

UPSeis, Univ. of Michigan
  • Basics
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Hazards
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

USGS Maps: Earthquakes-Volcanoes-Landslides — Purchase maps based on earthquake, volcano, and landslide hazards

USGS
  • Plate tectonics
  • Maps
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Earth structure
  • Seismicity
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Virtual Earthquake & Other Labs — you're the scientist, and you have to locate the earthquake and determine the magnitude

Calstate LA
  • Seismic waves
  • Magnitudes
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Geology
  • Education resources
  • iconInteractive
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Virtual Earthquake Engineering — interactive demonstration of the effects of earthquake retrofitting

S. Illinois Univ.
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • College

Virtual Plate Reconstructions — exploration of plate tectonics

Univ. of Kentucky
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • High School
  • College

Volcano World's Activities for Plate Tectonics — slide-style coverage of the basics

Oregon State University
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Geology
  • Lessons online
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Elementary school
  • College

Wallace Creek Interpretive Trail Guide — Interactive online trail guide to Wallace Creek site on the San Andreas Fault

USGS & Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

What on Earth is Plate Tectonics? — excellent presentation with vivid graphics

USGS & U.S. National Park Service
  • Plate tectonics
  • Earth structure
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College