Earthquake Hazards Around You
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Accurately describe earthquake hazards and describe the effects of a given earthquake intensity.
Higher order thinking skills goals
Analysis of surroundings and evaluation of potential hazards.
Other skills goals
Practice map-reading and spatial skills as well as written communication.
Context for Use
Type and level of course
This activity is designed for non-majors in an introductory geology course.
Skills and concepts students should have mastered
Must be familiar with earthquake intensities.
How the activity is situated in the course
This is an activity assigned during a module on earthquake mechanics and hazards. I have used it both face-to-face and online courses.
Description and Teaching Materials
The strength of this assignment is that when students chose a location they are familiar with, earthquake hazards become more personal.
Student Assignment Page (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 17kB Apr29 17)
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
The Severity of an Earthquake, USGS, 1989-288-913, https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/earthq4/severitygip.html