Virtual Field Trip (VFT) to the USGS Earthquake Hazard Program - Connection between Plate Boundaries and Threats to Life
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In this VFT, students use their iPads to visit the USGS Earthquake Hazard Program to correlate the global dynamics of plate tectonics and the location of seismic activity. Depth, magnitude and location are interpreted in terms of plate boundary type. Also using the iPad, students use Google Earth Gallery to correlate volcanic activity, seismic activity, plate velocity and plate boundaries. Last, students compare and discuss the magnitudes, frequencies, plate boundaries and both life and infrastructure losses as well as preparation in major earthquakes during 2010-2011 in Chile, Japan and Haiti.