United States Geological Survey- Earthquakes
This site is a database of information about earthquakes. it includes videos, animations, real-time data about earthquakes, various maps to look at at earthquake data and seismogram displays. Another great resource that you can find on this site would be KML files which can be uploaded onto Google Earth. ( What is a KML file?, How Do I Navigate Google Earth)

Steps to Upload Earthquake KML files into Google Earth
1. You must have Google Earth downloaded onto the computer which will be displaying the program ( this could be individual computers so that a student can manipulate the program or a single computer hooked up to a projector)
  • You may need to speak to someone from your school's tech department to download Google Earth onto the computer(s)

2. Once Google Earth is downloaded, you can download the KML information file(s) to your computer.
  • When you open the file it will open in Google Earth under the side tab marked " Places"
  • Then you can navigate through the world and click on different earthquakes for information.

(This is just a sample of Google Earth without the KML Files)

Digital Geology- Locating the Source of an Earthquake

This site makes reference to the S and P waves which are emitted at the focus of an earthquake. Using visuals, it explains the methods that seismologists use to determine the epicenter of the earthquake, which include examining seismograms from different areas.

National Geographic- Forces of Nature : Earthquakes

This website offers a small interactive which students could navigate though and determine general information about earthquakes. Once at the website you need to click on the picture of the earthquake to complete the earthquake portion. The general information includes what a earthquake is, its characteristics, where they are located, the difference between the 3 types of plate boundaries, and how to measure and locate an earthquake. At the end of the interactive a student would be able to create an earthquake simulation in which they are given options between ground type and low and high magnitude.

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