The goal of this Teaching Box is to teach students about how and why earthquakes cause damage. Living in Earthquake Country 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.
At the conclusion of the Box, students are asked to select the best place to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. They will justify their selection by using the knowledge gained through this exploration.
Lesson 1. Introductory Activity: Earthquake Damage
Lesson 2. Faults are at Fault: Where Earthquakes Occur
Lesson 4. Seismic Waves
Lesson 5. A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On!
Lesson 6. Landslides, Liquefaction, and Structural Failure
Lesson 7. Examining All the Factors
Authors of the original teaching box
This box was created during the summer of 2005 as part of a pilot project by the following professionals from the San Francisco Bay area of California:
EXTRA: Rapid Earthquake Viewer Lessons
The EXTRA set of lessons were authored by: