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Signal processing and earthquake triggering
Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Western Washington University
In this exercise, written for an undergraduate seismology class, students use MATLAB to analyze waveforms from the 2004 Sumatra M9.0 earthquake, as they were recorded on three seismic stations in Alaska. Two of ...

Explore natural hazards in seismically active regions using geodetic, earthquake, and societal data.
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Students conduct a regional seismic hazard analysis of a region of the United States of their choosing*. Using on-line data, they bring together and investigate the interaction of multiple types of data [ground ...

Measuring earthquake and volcano activity from space
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
This tutorial is based on real InSAR observations acquired over the Andes from 1992 to 2005. It will get the student acquainted with InSAR observations and basic concepts of space geodesy.

ConcepTest: Earthquake Location and Magnitude
Two active faults are present at different sites along the west coast of North America. The rate of plate motion adjacent to location X is 2 cm/year. The rate of plate motion adjacent to location Y is 5 cm/year. A ...

Interpretation of plate boundaries from topography, bathymetry, volcanoes, and earthquake focal depths using Google Earth and OneNote
Jeffrey Nunn, Louisiana State University
Students are provided with data on topography, bathymetry, locations of earthquakes and volcanoes and earthquake focal depths in Google Earth. They are asked to plot a cross-section of topography/bathymetry and ...

Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Energy Released in an Earthquake
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Question A magnitude 8.5 earthquake (such as the 1964 Good Friday earthquake in Alaska) releases about 1x1018 joules of energy. The atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima released about 1.5x1013 joules of energy. How ...

Earthquake Magnitude: How Can We Compare the Sizes of Earthquakes?
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate and graph seismic wave amplitude and energy release to explore the logarithmic scale of earthquake magnitude.

Cause of the Mogul, Nevada, Earthquake Swarm, Spring 2008
Patricia Cashman, University of Nevada-Reno
Students examine data from fault- and magma- related earthquakes and determine distinguishing characteristics. They then apply these criteria to determine the cause of the Mogul earthquake sequence (that most of ...

Topics for Discussion with the Earthquake Demonstration
The USGS website on the Earthquake Model presents the following three hypotheses that can be explored with the demonstration: Hypothesis 1: Earthquakes are periodic (in other words, all of the same slip, and all ...

How to Set Up the Earthquake Demonstration
Materials needed for the earthquake demonstration are as follows: plywood (122 cm x 30 cm) 2 bricks ~30 cm of rubber surgical tubing (or bungee cord) fine to medium grit sand paper, ~96 cm x 10 cm ~80 cm of strong ...

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