Part 4: Report Results

Step 1 –

Note: This chapter was retired in July 2011. A similar EET chapter that uses the same data and ArcExplorer Java Edition (AEJEE) GIS software is available. See: Investigating Earthquakes with ArcExplorer GIS

Create a Top Ten Hit List

Create a list of ten places on Earth that you predict will experience a significant earthquake sometime in the future.

  • Which places are "overdue" for an earthquake?

Step 2 –
Conduct Research and Update Top Ten Hit List

In addition to the locations you have identified, conduct research to find out the places that are being carefully watched by seismologists. Read the following article, Anticipating Earthquakes, as you conduct your research.

  • What new tools or techniques are seismologists using to help them better predict earthquakes?
Update or modify your Top Ten Hit List.

Step 3 –
Narrow the List to the Next Big One!

Based on the results of your analyses and the research you have conducted, identify one place from your Top Ten Hit List that you predict will be the most likely place on Earth to experience the Next Big One!

Step 4 –
Prepare a Report

Report your findings in a written and/or digital presentation. Support your predictions with print outs or screen shots of your map analyses. Address the following in your report:

  • What have you learned about earthquakes and earthquake prediction?
  • What factors influence earthquake prediction?
  • Where on Earth do most of the really big earthquakes strike?

Step 5 –
Monitor Future Earthquake Activity

Check your predictions by following future earthquake activity on Earth.