Chapter 1: Section 10 - Earthquakes

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In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 10: Earthquakes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use a model that examines the release of energy that results from an earthquake.
  • Use a model of seismic waves to compare the different ways that energy from an earthquake travels through Earth.
  • Develop an explanation for the movements of rocks in Earth’s interior and surface that are caused by earthquakes.

Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about how exploration seismologists use seismic waves to study the deep layers of Earth, visit the following web site:

    What are seismic surveys and how much "shaking" do they create?, Utah Geological Survey
    Explains how seismic surveys are used for oil and gas exploration.  
  1. To learn more about what a seismologist does at work, visit the following web sites:

    Men and Women of Seismology, IRIS
    Biographies of some of the most famous scientists involved in the study of earthquakes and the structure of the Earth.

    Seismologist, AGI
    Learn more about becoming a seismologist.

    Geoscience Careers, AGI
    Descriptions of geoscience careers, employers and employment opportunities.


To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:


Earthquakes 101, USGS
A primer on earthquakes with information ranging from what causes them to their effects.

Earthquake Topics, USGS
Comprehensive list of topics related to earthquakes. Also, some topics are linked to other sites allowing reader to gain further information.

Frequently Asked Questions, USGS
Covers a wide range of topics to give a good general scientific overview of earthquakes. Also debunks many earthquake myths. Additional links are provided to more information on other websites.

Earthquakes, USGS
This online publication is an excellent overview of earthquakes and includes a lot of good graphics and photos.

Earthquakes or Seismic Waves

What do Seismic Waves Look Like?, Purdue University
Animations of P and S waves, as well as Love waves and Rayleigh waves.

Animations of Earthquake Terms, USGS
From aftershocks to wavefronts, this site will help you to vizualize complex processes.