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The Southern California Integregated GPS Network Education Module - This site explores earthquakes, their forces, and measurement and also includes activities.

Virtual Earthquake - Virtual Earthquakeis an interactive Web-based program designed to introduce you to the concepts of how an earthquake epicenter is located and how the richter magnitude of an earthquake is determined.

Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA develops, coordinates, and leads the state emergency management program, enabling effective preparation for, and efficient response to, emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering and reduce property loss. Their sites have great educational value.

South Carolina Geological Survey - The SC Geological Survey is to provides a service oriented program which collects, studies, interprets, and reports all information pertaining to the geology and mineral resources affecting the daily lives of the citizens of this state. This information is used for better land use planning, economic development, emergency preparedness and education. Their site is rich in resources for educators.

Ask a Geologist (SC)(USA)

Earthquake Education Center at Charleston Southern University - The Charleston Southern University Earthquake Center provides a variety of services to the region, state and nation. Through their website, among other things, they provide information on safety, Earthquake Awareness Week, and K-12 School Programs.

IRIS Seismic Monitor - Presents current seismic activity.

Savage Earth Restless Planet: - PBS series that explores the "explosive tics and fiery spasms of our not so "terra firma."

South Carolina Earth Physics Project (SCEPP) - click on current projects and then SCEPP

Princeton Earth Physics Project (PEPP) - The Princeton Earth Physics Project (PEPP) is host to a nationwide effort to place operating seismometers in educational institutions. Their web page has many great resources for teachers.

New Scientist (search for earthquakes) -New Scientist has many resources on a variety of science topics.  Search for Earthquakes.

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  • Seismic Sources on the Web -These sites have good, annotated links on many aspects of earthquakes.
    Seismic Sources on the Web Part 1
    Seismic Sources on the Web Part 2
    TheTech - Earthquakes Overview - An overview of earthquakes.

    Web Magic Guide: resources - Another large listing of annotated websites pertaining to earthquakes.

    USGS Earthquake Hazards Program - Great stuff for teachers from grades 10 through college undergraduates.

    Exploring Earthquakes in Space and Time Through the Internet and a Geographic Information System (Upper level) - This module contains an exercise in which students are asked to examine the frequency and distribution of earthquake epicenters and compare these epicenters to the distribution of plate boundaries and cities. Students download earthquake epicenters for the last several days and for an entire year from the Internet, and map the information using ArcView geographic information system (GIS), and analyze the patterns that become evident.

    Ideas for Activities Using Live Seismograms from the LISS Website (upper level)

    Earthquakes and All Shook Up - Lesson Plan (Newton's Apple)

    Design and Build an earthquake-proof structure - Activity Guide (Newton's Apple)

    Common Earthquake Myths

    Global Earthquakes - this is the graphical way to find web earthquake maps for the region you are interested in

    Exploratorium Learning Studio - Another large listing of annotated websites pertaining to earthquakes.

    ABAG Earthquake Kid Zone - A quiz, puzzles, and answers to your common earthquake questions

    Earthquakes within last two weeks

    earthquake prediction

    Earth Alert - Every day a new edition comes out of Earth Alert: Daily Updates on the State of the Planet, published by Steve Newman through Discovery Online. These provide daily summaries of happenings in the world on earthquakes, floods, droughts, hurricanes, and other events of environmental interest. An imagemap version can be accessed at Although the information on earthquakes can be found elsewhere, it is a good summary, and the graphics are nice.

    Earthquake Quiz


    Charleston Earthquake - photographs from the Charleston earthquake of 1886

    Natural Hazards Slides Vol. 1 - Earthquakes - General Topics: Main Menu - earthquake photographs

    Natural Hazards Slides Vol. 2 - Earthquake Events: Main Menu - earthquake photographs (con't.)

    Photographs - from the San Francisco earthquake

    Earthquake Images - see photos of damage caused by earthquakes

    Wav file:

    Listening to Earthquakes - (USGS) Introduction and plug-ins  Listen

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    Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

    Author(s): Starr Bright, Theresa Owens, Lu Anne Smith
    School: Branchville High School, Orangeburg, SC
    Created: March 21, 2001 - Updated: April 10, 2001