Initial Publication Date: May 24, 2018 | Reviewed: August 4, 2022

Earthquake Basics Presentation


This lecture and associated animations give a compelling introduction to earthquakes--including earthquake waves, magnitude, intensity, USArray seismic data, and resulting hazards such as landslides, liquefaction, and building failure. It also includes some information on seismically resilient building design. It uses Alaska as the case study site.

Earthquake Basics Presentation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 41.1MB Oct2 22)
Associated Animations: Earthquake Basics (Zip Archive 146.7MB May24 18)

Earthquake Basics Presentation
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A similar lecture featuring the USA's Pacific Northwest region is available from the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP)


This resource is intended for introductory-level geoscience learners from secondary up to adult in a classroom or public lecture. Learners should have some knowledge of plate tectonics (ex. Alaska Plate Tectonics & Geohazards Presentation). Although specific examples are from Alaska, much of the content is widely applicable.

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Author/Developer: Robert Butler (ANGLE Project)