Earthquake Science

March 2nd, 2010 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, March 2, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
USGS: Earthquakes for Kids

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately – there are aspects that will appeal to people of all ages)

Due to the massive earthquake in Chile on February 27th (magnitude 8.8 on the Richter Scale), I thought your children may have questions about earthquakes. At this USGS website (designed for kids) you can learn all about the science behind earthquakes and much more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of items that include:

*The Science of Earthquakes – Discover what happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another and better understand terminology like fault, fault zone, magnitude, Richter Scale, hypocenter, and epicenter.

*Latest Quakes – View an interactive map of the world indicating where and when earthquakes have happened.

*Become an Earthquake Scientist – Learn how a geophysicist studies the Earth using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods.

*Animations – Watch incredible animations of liquefaction, strike-slip fault, thrust fault, wavefronts, foreshocks and more.

*Puzzles and Games – Get coloring pages to print, take an earthquake quiz, enjoy an interactive word search puzzle, use a calculator to see how much bigger a magnitude 8.7 earthquake is than a 5.8.

You’ll also find terrific links to further resources, science projects, and “Earthquake ABC’s.”

Then, learn what to do to stay safe in an earthquake at FEMA’s website.


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