University of WashingtonAbout Earthquakes
basics about earthquakes
San Diego State Univ.Animation of P, S & Surface Waves
seismic wave animations
Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS)Animations & Interactive Animations of Seismology Fundamentals
animations illustrating the fundamentals of earthquakes and seismology
SUNY BinghamtonAnimations Illustrating Simple Wave Propagation Concepts
propagation, reflection, refraction, standing waves
TASA Graphic ArtsDigital 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.
Purdue Univ.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!
USGSEarthquake 101 Powerpoint Slideshow Download
a complete PowerPoint show for the basics
USGSEarthquake Quartet #1
USGS seismologist Andrew Michael explores both music and audio playbacks of the earth shaking and finds new ways to learn about the earth, earthquakes, musical instruments and music.
USGSEarthquake 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.
Carleton College/NAGT materialsEarthquake Visualizations
Animations showing seismograph operation, tsunami, P and S Waves, earthquake focus versus epicenter, and actual footage of an earthquake.
Oregon State UniversityEarthquakes: The Rolling Earth
slide-show type presentation
Binghamton Univ Geological SciencesEducation & Outreach Software
Downloadable software to manipulate seismograms and for visualization.
W.W. Norton and CompanyEssentials of Geology Animations
A collection of animations describing concepts of geology
Univ. of South Carolina, IRISGlobal Earthquake Explorer, The
easy tool for non-seismologists to retrieve, display and analyze seismic data
USGSHigh Quality Earthquake Animations
Simulations of earthquake ruptures that were run on the supercomputers at Caltech's Center for Advanced Computing Research
How Stuff WorksHow Earthquakes Work
description of the basics
USGSHuman Wave (PDF)
learn about the motions of P & S waves with a fun participating exercise
USGS Albuquerque Seismological LaboratoryIdeas for Activities Using Live Seismograms
ideas for how to use real-time earthquake information in the classroom
Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS)Incorp. Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS) Educator Webpages
resources and opportunities for educators
USGSListening to Earthquakes
music and earthquakes have something in common!
DLESELiving 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.
DLESELiving 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.
Carleton College/NAGT materialsPlate 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.
USGSPodcasts by USGS about Earthquakes
Collection of USGS CoreCasts (audio) about a variety of earthquake topics and issues.
Washington Univ.Ray Tracing Animations
animations for various earth models and types of seismic reflections and refractions
PBSSavage Earth, The
slick presentation of the earthquake basics with great graphics and animations
UPSeis, Univ. of MichiganSeismic Waves
graphics to explain different types of seismic waves
demonstration on different types of seismic waves
USGSSeismographs: Keeping Track of Earthquakes
brief description on how seismographs work to locate earthquakes
Arizona State UniversitySeismology Teaching Resources
Educational page with seismo links, diagrams, animations, and other teaching resources.
Blackwell PublishingSeismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure, An Introduction to
online companion to the textbook by Seth Stein and Michael Wysession with electronic versions of all images and access to homework problems and solutions; also includes errata
Science in SchoolTracing earthquakes: seismology in the classroom
Reconstructing an ancient Chinese seismograph, a simple wave machine, and investigating earthquake-proof buildings.
USGSTravel Time Curves
travel time graph for seismic waves
USGSTravel Time Information & Calculator
Choose a seismic station location and a recent earthquake, and see how long it takes different types of seismic waves to travel from the epicenter to your station. Travel time curve and other phase information.
The Why FilesUnderstanding Quakes
description, photos, and graphics of earthquake basics and effects of earthquakes in Turkey
Calstate LAVirtual Earthquake & Other Labs
you're the scientist, and you have to locate the earthquake and determine the magnitude