Examining your Earthquake Hazard
This is a partially developed activity description. It is included in the collection because it contains ideas useful for teaching even though it is incomplete.
Students look at their seismic hazard and then determine the likelihood that their residence will be uninhabitable after 500-year return interval quake.
- Learn what seismic hazard is
- Learn to relate shaking to intensity
- Learn about the relationship between intensity and damage to structures.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
In this activity, students assess the ground shaking hazard and potential damage to their home from an earthquake of a certain magnitude using USGS data. The student handout (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 787kB Feb26 13) provides guiding instructions and questions designed to help students write a culminating Earthquake Hazard and Risk Report.