Earthquake Hazard Inventory & Mitigation Planning
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This page first made public: May 24, 2018
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Describe which earthquake-related hazards threaten the community
- Inventory critical community structures and infrastructure that could be threatened by an earthquake-related hazards
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Create an action plan to mitigate earthquake-related community vulnerabilities
Other skills goals for this activity
- Working in groups
- Synthesizing information from multiple map sources
Description and Teaching Materials
Alaska Earthquake Hazard Inventory & Mitigation Planning Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 577kB May21 18)
The same activity but with a Pacific Northwest USA emphasis was done by the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- It essential to teach about geohazard mitigation from a frame of empowerment. "Take these steps and your community will be safer" has been showing to be more effective at eliciting behavioral change than trying to scare people by the horribleness of potential disasters. Learners do need to understand what hazards exist but then discuss preparedness from the point of view of "what they can do" to be safer.
- Typical hazards that are posed in conjunction with earthquakes are tectonic (seismogenic) tsunami, landslide-generated tsunami, landslides, and ground liquefaction.
- This exercise can be adapted to any region with earthquakes. Just look for hazard maps for your region.
- A similar project could be done with volcanic hazards for communities threatened by volcanic eruptions.
- See also above educator notes
References and Resources
- Alaska Tsunami Inundation maps
- Online version by the Alaska Earthquake Center
- Published pdf and GIS versions by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources
- The activity was presented as part of the EarthScope ANGLE Educator Workshops.
- Contact ANGLE with questions or comments.