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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 — An interactive online exhibit of information, maps, images, and personal accounts from the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Societal Effects
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInteractive
  • General Audience
  • College
  • High School
  • Middle School

7 Steps to an Earthquake Resilient Business (PDF) — How to prepare your business for an earthquake

USGS, SCEC & many other organizations
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

ABAG Earthquake Maps and Information — Information and maps about liquefaction, faults, and landslides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Assoc. of Bay Area Govts. (ABAG)
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

About Earthquakes — basics about earthquakes

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

American Red Cross — Emergency response organization that provides disaster relief

American Red Cross
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Animation of P, S & Surface Waves — Seismic wave animations, requires Adobe Shockwave Player

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

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

Animations Illustrating Simple Wave Propagation Concepts — propagation, reflection, refraction, standing waves

SUNY Binghamton
  • Education resources
  • Seismic waves
  • iconGraphics
  • College

Are You Prepared for the Next Big Earthquake in Alaska? — Preparedness guide especially for Alaska

Alaska Earthquake Information Center
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Are You Ready? — Includes resources and best practices

FEMA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Be a Hero: Kid's - ready.gov — Activities and materials aimed at making kids more aware of hazard preparedness

FEMA
  • Basics
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconFun & Games
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • Elementary 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

Bigger Faults Make Bigger EQ's — Three different rope lengths are used to demonstrate how a fault ruptures in an EQ and why bigger faults make bigger EQ's. Downloadable PDF.

USGS
  • Magnitudes
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school

Birth of the Himalayas — brief description of the origin of the Himalaya Mountains

NOVA
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • 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

BSL Outreach — Wonderful diverse collection of videos and animations, as well as links to lesson plans and educational resources.

Berkeley Seismology Lab
  • Paleoseismology
  • Modeling
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Trenching
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Books
  • Seismicity
  • Seismic waves
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Building Safety and Preparedness — Disaster planning toolkit for the home and small business.

Institute for Business & Home Safety
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

California Seismic Safety Commission — Focus on the California

California Seismic Safety Commission
  • Preparedness & Response

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 Animals Sense Earthquakes? — The belief that animals can predict earthquakes has been around for centuries...

National Geographic
  • Myths
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

Casualty (Fatality) Totals, A Note About — One-pager explaining why the numbers vary on different list.

USGS
  • Deaths from Earthquakes
  • Societal Effects
  • Statistics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Catalog of Earthquake-Related Sounds — This collection of 21 earthquake-related sounds, prepared by Karl V. Steinbrugge, was originally published in BSSA vol. 64, no. 5 in 1974 and updated with eight additional sounds in 1985. You can listen to individual sounds below by clicking the play button in the audio player next to the recording number, or you can download a Zip file containing MP3 audio files of all the sounds. Most of recorded on the inside of different buildings but some are from outside. (Compiled by Karl V. Steinbrugge)

Seismological Society of America (SSA)
  • Societal Effects
  • Site response
  • Shaking
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • College
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school

CDC (Center for Disease Control) Emergency Preparedness & Response — Earthquakes and other emergencies

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium — Information about earthquakes in the central U.S.

Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC)
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters — Teachers guide to helping children deal with disasters

Univ of Illinois Extension
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • Elementary 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

Citizen Corps - Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) — Educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Citizen Corps
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Societal Effects
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Coastal and Marine Geology Program — Coastal geologic hazards and catastrophic events research including tsunami information.

USGS
  • Societal Effects
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

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

Continents on the Move — How do we know that continents are still moving?

PBS-Nova
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

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 Library for Earth Science Education — Searchable database of educational earth science resources for all grade levels.

DLESE
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • High School
  • Middle School

Disaster Preparedness for Pets — Steps and checklists to help care for pets during emergencies.

Humane Society of the United States
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

DisasterAssistance.gov — Access to disaster help and resources.

FEMA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

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 Like a Puzzle — Plate tectonics basics.

Scripps
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • 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
  • 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's Crust, The — how thick is the Earth's crust?

USGS
  • Maps
  • Earth structure
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience
  • College

Earthquake — Details about what parts of the home are most vulnerable and how you can protect yourself (PDF)

Institute for Business and Home Safety
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Earthquake "Top 10" Lists — 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 — PDF format of a complete PowerPoint show for the basics (PPT Zip file)

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 ABC: A Child's View of Earthquake Facts and Feelings — by kids for kids, with a special section for parents and teachers

USGS
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Elementary school

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness — Focus on Seaside, OR, but useful for anyone within a tsunami risk zone.

City of Seaside, Oregon
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInfo
  • 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 Country Alliance — Earthquake preparedness for California

Earthquake Country Alliance
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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 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 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 Prediction, Societal Implications — Technical paper

Journal Reviews of Geophysics
  • Prediction
  • Societal Effects
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience

Earthquake Preparedness - San Andreas - The Movie, California Reality or Hollywood Fiction? — Focus on California Earthquake Preparedness for Teachers and Students

California Emergency Management Agency
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Earthquake 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.

USGS
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Forces
  • Seismic waves
  • iconFun & Games
  • General Audience

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 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
  • Seismic waves
  • Earth structure
  • Geology
  • Education resources
  • Crustal deformation
  • Modeling
  • Lessons online
  • iconGraphics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • College

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 — PodCasts, presentations and fact sheets on the basics of earthquakes.

The Geological Society
  • Basics
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Earthquakes — Information on the basics of earthquakes.

British Geological Survey
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • Intensity
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Magnitudes
  • Seismic waves
  • iconInfo
  • Elementary school
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Earthquakes by Bruce A. Bolt Online Companion — links related to subjects covered in book

W.H. Freeman & Co.
  • Basics
  • Books
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Magnitudes
  • Plate tectonics
  • Prediction
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInfo
  • 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

EarthScope Resources for Students & Teachers — Animations, online lectures, visualizations and more, mostly from IRIS.

EarthScope
  • Basics
  • Earth structure
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Lessons online
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Plate tectonics
  • Seismic waves
  • Seismicity
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • High School
  • Middle School

Echando Raices en Tierra de Terremotos — Este manual provee información sobre por qué nos deben preocupar los terremotos en el Sur de California, qué debemos hacer para estar seguros y reducir el daño, y también qué debemos saber de lo básico sobre terremotos.

USGS & many other organizations
  • Basics
  • Books
  • Earthquake facts
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Hazards
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Locations
  • Magnitudes
  • Maps
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Educational Activities — Origami, building models, historical seismologists

New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Resources
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School

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

EQs on the Surface (PDF) — use topo maps, seismicity maps, and fault maps to understand the connection between the surface features, locations of EQs and mapped faults

USGS
  • Lessons online
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Maps
  • Seismicity
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school

Evidence for Plate Tectonics-Teaching Box — Collection of interrelated learn concepts that focuses on finding the evidence for plate tectonics using digital resources, education standards, and comprehensive lesson plans.

DLESE
  • Lessons online
  • Geology
  • Education resources
  • Plate tectonics
  • Seismicity
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School

Explore Nature - Plate Tectonics — excellent presentation with vivid graphics

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

Faultline:Seismic Science at the Epicenter — 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

Faults — Photos and graphics of fault types

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

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — US federal government agency dedicated to responding to disasters.

FEMA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies — Humanitarian organization that carries out relief efforts to assist victims of disasters.

Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

FEMA Earthquake Information — Includes resources and best practices

FEMA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

FEMA: When Disaster Strikes - Protect Your Pets — Learn the best ways to provide for your pets during an emergency

FEMA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

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

Focal Mechanisms — Basic explanation for what a focal mechanism is, and how to interpret them.

USGS
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Forces
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Garlock Fault Fly-Over — Virtual fly-over of the Garlock fault. Will download a .mov file.

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 Animations, Interactive Exercises, and now... Songs! — Animations of geological processes.

Univ. of Kentucky
  • Plate tectonics
  • Geology
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • 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

Geophysics Course Resources on the Internet — list of online course resources for undergraduate and graduate levels

Univ. of Houston
  • Basics
  • Geology
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInteractive
  • iconInfo
  • 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

Ground Shaking 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

Groundwater Effects from Earthquakes — A description of the potential effects of earthquakes on groundwater and wells.

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Societal Effects
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

Hazards 101, Earthquake — The basics of how the USGS National Earthquake Hazard Maps are made.

USGS
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Forces
  • Hazards
  • Shaking
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience
  • College

Hilo Tsunami Museum — The goal of the Pacific Tsunami Museum is to promote public tsunami education for the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Region. The museum will also preserve the social and cultural history of Hawaii and promote economic development on the island of Hawaii as well as statewide. The museum will serve as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in past tsunami events.

Pacific Tsunami Museum
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

How You Can Strengthen Your Home for the Next Big Earthquake in the Los Angeles Area — Easy Low-Cost Ways to Help Reduce the Risk of Damage to Your Hom. (PDF)

City of Los Angeles
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • 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

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

International Tsunami Information Centre — General and technical information, maps, and links to warning centers.

ITIC
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

IRIS Education Resources — A multitude of educational resources for earthquake science, from visualizations and animations, to lessons and educational software. Awesome!

IRIS - Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Earth structure
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Earthquake facts
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Seismic waves
  • Instrumentation, seismographs, monitoring
  • Hazards
  • Shaking
  • Seismicity
  • Plate tectonics
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Is the reliable prediction of individual earthquakes a realistic scientific goal? — Seven-week debate involving many authors and their views

Journal of Nature
  • Prediction
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience

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

Kid's Earthquake Questions & Answers — kids' questions answered by scientists

Dromore National School, Republic of Ireland & USGS
  • Basics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconInfo
  • Elementary school

Kid's Hazards Quiz — short quiz on preparedness and where earthquakes occur

NOAA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • Middle School

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

Late Night Musings of an Earthquake Seismologist — USGS Scientist Paul A. Reasenberg candidly discusses earthquake preparedness.

USGS
  • Societal Effects
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Learn About Quakes & Get Prepared — Information, activities, interactive games, and puzzles

Assoc. of Bay Area Govts.(ABAG)
  • Basics
  • Maps
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • iconFun & Games
  • iconInteractive
  • Middle School

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: 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

Living On Shaky Ground: How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Northern California — A collection of preparedness guides for earthquakes and tsunamis especially for the Northern Coast of California

Humboldt State Univ, Dept of Geology
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Living with Earthquakes in Nevada: A Nevadan's Guide — This guide and many other preparedness-related information especially for Nevada.

Univ. of Nevada Seismological Lab
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Magnitude / Intensity Comparison — Explains the difference between magnitude and intensity.

USGS
  • Magnitudes
  • Intensity
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

MARGINS Mini-Lesson Collection — Mini-lessons, powerpoint presentations, research nuggets and more, focussed on continental margins and plate tectonics.

MARGINS - Lamont-Doherty
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College

Measuring the Size of an Earthquake — How the size of an earthquake is measured.

USGS
  • Magnitudes
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Intensity
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, The — A description of the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale.

USGS
  • Intensity
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

Natural Hazards Center — resources concerning hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness

University of Colorado
  • Hazards
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Natural Hazards Data, Images and Education — Data, images, kids quizzes, and maps from geologic hazards as well as slide shows available for order

NOAA
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Hazards
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInteractive
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Nepal Earthquake Sequence Educational Slides — (17MB PDF)

USGS
  • Plate tectonics
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Damage from Earthquakes
  • Societal Effects
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • High School

New Madrid Earthquakes 1811 - 1812 — Accounts of the large earthquakes that occurred in the New Madrid area in 1811 - 1812.

USGS
  • New Madrid Seismic Zone
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

New Madrid Seismic Zone — A collection of information about the region, the historical seismicity, and the hazards.

USGS
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Paleoseismology
  • New Madrid Seismic Zone
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Hazards
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Northern Sumatra M9.0 - December 26, 2004 FAQs — FAQs about one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded

USGS
  • Tsunamis
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Online Wordsearch Puzzles — Interactive wordsearch puzzles with earthquake-related words

USGS
  • Basics
  • iconFun & Games
  • iconInteractive
  • Elementary school

Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center — Tsunami and earthquake research at the USGS.

USGS
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School

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

Papers from an NAS Colloquium on Earthquake Prediction — Excellent collection of downloadable papers

National Academy of Sciences
  • Prediction
  • iconInfo
  • College
  • General Audience

PBJ Fault (PDF) — demonstrate the different types of faults with a PBJ sandwich, and then eat it double-decker

USGS
  • Plate tectonics
  • Lessons online
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary 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

Pillowcase Project, The — The Pillowcase Project is designed for use with 3rd graders, age 8-9. The program has been reviewed by 3rd grade teachers and tailored to 3rd grade reading skills and learning abilities. The program may be adapted for use with students in 2nd and 4th grade.

American Red Cross
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school

Plate Tectonics — Interactive tutorial with easy-to-understand images and some multi-media.

The Geological Society - UK
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience

Plate Tectonics Activities — Games, quiz

Quia
  • Basics
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInteractive
  • iconFun & Games
  • Elementary school

Podcasts by USGS about Earthquakes — Collection of USGS CoreCasts (audio) about a variety of earthquake topics and issues.

USGS
  • Basics
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Earthquake facts
  • Prediction
  • Societal Effects
  • Seismic waves
  • Hazards
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Protect Your Pets in an Emergency — Help ensure your pet's safety during an earthquake.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Protecting Your Family from Earthquakes — in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean

USGS & many other organizations
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country - Central US edition — Earthquakes and preparedeness in the Central US

USGS
  • Maps
  • Magnitudes
  • Locations
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Hazards
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Earthquake facts
  • Books
  • Basics
  • New Madrid Seismic Zone
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country - NCA edition — Earthquakes and preparedeness in northern California

USGS & many other organizations
  • Basics
  • Books
  • Earthquake facts
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Hazards
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Locations
  • Magnitudes
  • Maps
  • Preparedness & Response
  • San Andreas Fault
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country - Utah edition — Earthquakes and prepardeness in Utah

Utah Seismic Safety Commission
  • Basics
  • Books
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Hazards
  • Locating Earthquakes
  • Locations
  • Magnitudes
  • Maps
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Quakeinfo.org — Things you can do around your house to prepare for an earthquake

QuakeInfo.org
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Ray Tracing Animations — animations for various earth models and types of seismic reflections and refractions

Washington Univ.
  • Seismic waves
  • iconGraphics
  • College

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

Rock'n on Shakey Ground (4MB PDF) — The basics of earthquake science written especially for the elementary school level.

USGS & Green Frog News
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • Elementary 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

SCEC Communication, Education and Outreach — Many excellent resources for Public Education and Preparedness, K-14 Earthquake Education, and Experiential Learning and Career Advancement. Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country downloadable booklets for learning about earthquake hazards and safety recommendations in many different languages and for many different areas of the United States.

Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • Careers
  • Seismicity
  • Seismic waves
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Hazards
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • Plate tectonics
  • Lessons online
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • General Audience
  • High School
  • Middle School

Schoolyard Geology — Online lesson plans with photos and images. Excellent geologic activities you can do anywhere! Education standards info included.

USGS
  • Geology
  • Maps
  • Surface features - Faults, Earthquakes
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Elementary school
  • Middle School

Science Education Resource Center (SERC) — Whether you're an undergraduate faculty member or a K-12 science teacher our suite of partner projects have materials you can use today. Connect with a community of peers as they share what really works in their classrooms.

Carleton College
  • Basics
  • Education resources
  • Lessons online
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • iconLesson Plans
  • College
  • Elementary school
  • High School
  • Middle School

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

Sea-Floor Spreading and Subduction, How to Build a Model Illustrating — Three-dimensional, cut-and-paste paper model illustrating sea-floor spreading and subduction.

USGS
  • Modeling
  • Geology
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School

Seismic Seiches — Description and history of seismic seiches.

USGS
  • Seismic Seiches
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Seismic seiches from the March 1964 Alaska earthquake — Seismic Seiches from the March 1964 Alaska Earthquake

Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys
  • Seismic Seiches
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

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

USGS
  • Seismic waves
  • 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

Seismology, 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

Blackwell Publishing
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Books
  • Basics
  • Plate tectonics
  • Seismic waves
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • College
  • General Audience

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

SF72 — Preparedness information targeted at the San Francisco area.

San Francisco Department of Emergency Management
  • Preparedness & Response
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

Shake, Rattle, and Slide — Lessons, activities, and slide shows about earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers.

University of Illinois Extension
  • Basics
  • Earthquake facts
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Lessons online
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • iconInteractive
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School

Shakes & Quakes — Legos and earthquakes

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Lessons online
  • Shaking
  • Education resources
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School

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

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

USGS
  • Education resources
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • 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

Tectonic Geomorphology: Figures — Figures from the book "Tectonic Geomorphology" by Douglas W. Burbank and Robert S. Anderson

Institute for Crustal Studies
  • Earth structure
  • Books
  • Faults - SS, DS, Thrust, etc.
  • iconGraphics
  • College

The Parkfield, California Earthquake Experiment — Information about past earthquakes and current monitoring efforts.

USGS
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • Parkfield
  • Prediction
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Seismicity
  • Shaking
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

The Physics of Tsunamis — Explains the mechanisms of tsunami generation and propagation.

Univ. of Washington
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

Theory of the Earth — online book on the science of earthquakes

Caltech
  • Tsunamis
  • Plate tectonics
  • Books
  • Basics
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • College

Theory of the Earth, The New — This is the only book on the whole landscape of deep Earth processes that ties together all the strands of the subdisciplines. This book is a complete update of Anderson’s Theory of the Earth (1989).

Caltech
  • Basics
  • Books
  • Plate tectonics
  • Tsunamis
  • iconInfo
  • College

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

This Dynamic Planet — World Map of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Impact Craters, and Plate Tectonics

USGS
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconInfo
  • General Audience

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

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

Travel Time Curves — travel time graph for seismic waves

USGS
  • Seismic waves
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • College

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
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  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College
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Tsunami Education — Links to educational materials, warning centers.

NOAA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Tsunamis
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  • Middle School
  • College
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school

Tsunami Hazard Mitigation — Information about tsunamis that may save your life. Material excerpted from "Tsunami! The Great Waves"

Univ. of Washington
  • Tsunamis
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  • General Audience

Tsunami Preparedness Guidebook — Downloadable PDF and additional links to tsunami preparedness websites.

GeoHazards International
  • Tsunamis
  • Preparedness & Response
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  • General Audience

Tsunami! — Site provides general information about tsunamis, their causes and history as well as what to do in case of a tsunami.

University of Washington by the Department of Earth and Space Sciences
  • Tsunamis
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  • General Audience

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

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

Tsunami: The Great Waves — Basic information about the basics of tsunamis.

International Tsunami Information Center
  • Tsunamis
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  • General Audience

Tsunamis — short news piece with images

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

Tsunamis — Basic science of tsunamis, preparedness, and focus on California and historical information.

California Geological Survey
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Tsunamis
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  • General Audience

Tusnami Research Center — Tsunami research at USC.

Univ. of Southern California
  • Tsunamis
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  • College
  • General Audience

Uncovering the San Andreas Fault (PDF) — Earthquake Trail: What Makes the Geology of Point Reyes National Seashore So Special?

National Park Service
  • Geology
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Field trips - virtual, real
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  • General Audience

Understanding Earthquakes — Brief history of seismology to 1910, earthquake and plate tectonic quizzes, earthquake accounts by famous people, elastic rebound animation, and links to addition resources.

UC Santa Barbara
  • Plate tectonics
  • Historic Earthquakes
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Basics
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  • Middle School
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  • General Audience

Understanding Earthquakes Makes for Messy Science — Earthquake processes typically occur tens of miles below the Earth's surface and over geologic time, away from direct observation. Earthquake science, in particular, is often subject to interpretation and bias.

USGS
  • Preparedness & Response
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  • 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
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  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Understanding Tsunamis — learn about tsunamis with a model

DiscoverySchool.com
  • Tsunamis
  • Lessons online
  • Education resources
  • iconLesson Plans
  • Middle School

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
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  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

US Agency for International Development — US agency set up to provide relief to other countries suffering from disaster

USAID
  • Preparedness & Response
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  • General Audience

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
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  • Middle School
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  • College

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

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

Volcano World's Earth Science Lessons — Lots of great earth science lessons good for all ages, slide-style with color diagrams and photographs

Oregon State University
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • Basics
  • Geology
  • History-Earthquakes, Seismology
  • Lessons online
  • Plate tectonics
  • iconLesson Plans
  • iconGraphics
  • Middle School

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.
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  • Middle School
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • College

Watch Buildings Move During Earthquakes — Real videos of buildings shaking during real earthquakes, and some re-creations.

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Engineering, Earthquake
  • Societal Effects
  • Site response
  • Shaking
  • Photos, Earthquake
  • Forces
  • Effects, Earthquake
  • Damage from Earthquakes
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  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School
  • High School

Who Dunit? and the Law of Superposition (PDF) — solve a crime, and then use those same skills to understand the Law of Superposition (older layers of the earth on bottom) with a fun WhoDunit? investigation and then use your skills to solve a geological mystery

USGS
  • Trenching
  • Paleoseismology
  • Lessons online
  • Geology
  • Education resources
  • Earth structure
  • iconLesson Plans
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  • Elementary school