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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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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, 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

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

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

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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Education — Links to educational materials, warning centers.

NOAA
  • Preparedness & Response
  • Tsunamis
  • iconGraphics
  • iconInfo
  • Middle School
  • College
  • High School
  • General Audience
  • Elementary 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 — 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
  • iconInfo
  • 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

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

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

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
  • iconInfo
  • iconGraphics
  • General Audience
  • Elementary school
  • College
  • Middle School
  • High School