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Earthquake Hazards: The next big one?

John Taber, IRIS Consortium
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This page first made public: Aug 11, 2014

Summary

Students work in small groups or individually to investigate the earthquake hazards in California, Missouri, and their own location. Students begin the activity with an exploration of the concept of probability, and then work to understand how earthquake hazards are described by probabilities.

Context

Audience

non-major intro geology

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Basic understanding of what an earthquake is, basic understanding of plate tectonics, ability to plot on a log-plot

How the activity is situated in the course

This can be used in the earthquakes section of an intro geology course

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will be able to:
- Calculate the probability of an earthquake occurring
- Explain in a written essay how a region can have a high seismic hazard but have a low seismic risk.
- Describe at least three factors that affect the intensity of an earthquake at a given location.
- Differentiate between earthquake magnitude and intensity.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

analysis of data, relating a physical model to a real Earth system

Other skills goals for this activity

Description and Teaching Materials


Student handout for hazards activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2.9MB Aug11 14)
Instructor's guide for hazards activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 538kB Aug11 14)


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