What a way to start out the school year!  Did the South Napa quake trigger a landslide of questions from your students about why earthquakes happen, what faults are, or if scientists can predict quakes?  Explore the science of earthquakes, from the Bay Area and beyond, with the following resources.

Earthquake Explainer
This media-rich collection includes videos, animations, infographics, quizzes, interviews and other assets that focus on earthquakes in a concise and easy-to-understand presentation.

Earthquake E-book
Learn about earthquakes through video, animations, interactive graphics and a quiz. It is also the digital textbook for the Earthquake iTunes U course.

Megathrust Earthquakes
In this video find an explanation of megathrust, shallow crust, deep crust and slow slip earthquakes and learn about the impact of a megathrust earthquake along the Cascadia fault. Also learn how scientists are studying the past to help predict future earthquakes.

Earthquakes: Breaking New Ground
In this video find diagrams of plate tectonics and look at the SAFOD earthquake study in Parkfield. Also find information about the ELARMS earthquake alarm system and how it might help people in earthquake-prone areas.

Dynamic Earth
In this interactive from Annenberg Learner, delve into the structure of the Earth to learn what causes earthquakes, volcanoes, and more.

Forecasting Earthquakes
Find out how researchers are improving earthquake forecasts in this video from NOVA scienceNOW: “What’s the Next Big Thing?” Correspondent Kirk Wolfinger meets with geophysicist Ernest Majer, who demonstrates how his team measures seismic signals that could serve as a possible warning sign for earthquakes. A computer simulation illustrates how tremors would propagate from the San Andreas fault across Southern California, showing which communities are most at risk.

The Hayward Fault: A Tectonic Timebomb
In this audio report learn about the active faults in California. Explore why the Hayward Fault is a tectonic timebomb that has geologists particularly worried.

The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley
Khalid Mosalam and his colleagues at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center’s Shaking Table Laboratory are helping to make communities safer in an earthquake. The 20′ x 20′ table is one of the largest in the world to be able to move in three directions (translation and rotation) so, according to Mosalam, it’s an extremely important piece of equipment at UC Berkeley and has contributed to important research that will result in people being safer when the next ‘big one’ hits.

Living With Earthquakes
Students will use some of the modern principles and ideas found in architectural design to create unique structures capable of withstanding the simulated forces of an earthquake.


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