Rita D. Haberlin, Instructor
Earthquakes Learning Module
Study Guide and Outline Notes
Tutorial and Study Questions
After completing the reading assignment and exploring the Web resources, study guide, and tutorial, review what you have learned with these quizzes:
Earthquakes Multiple Choice Quiz
Quizzes, Tarbuck and Lutgens, Chapter 7, Key Concepts 1-5 and Chapter Test
Lab Exercises on the Web
Use the Virtual Earthquake interactive computer program running on a Web server at the California State University at Los Angeles to:
Go to this Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) site to:
Locate your Bay Area neighborhood and learn the likely impact of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake:
Current earthquake activity in the San Francisco Bay Area
Recent Earthquakes Throughout the World
Explore this United States Geological Survey (USGS) site to find the locations of the most recent earthquakes. Examine detailed topographic maps of the epicenter to find evidence of past earthquake activity and any relationships to plate tectonic boundaries.
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Central California/San Francisco Bay Earthquake Hazards Project
Visit this site to learn about some current scientific projects investigating Bay Area earthquake hazards.
San Francisco Bay Area
Faults and Earthquakes
Examine maps of Bay Area faults and past earthquake activity at this U.C. Berkeley Seismological Laboratory Web site. Check the map of Recent Seismicity and see if you can find any seismic gaps. Find out which Bay Areas faults have been most active.
Check out the Hayward Fault and some future earthquake scenarios. What kinds of devices are being used to monitor Bay Area faults?
Tour the Hayward Fault
Take this virtual tour of the Hayward Fault put together by Sue Hirschfeld at California State University, East Bay. If you want to be more ambitious, take yourself on a field trip to some of these sites. What kinds of evidence can you find along this fault of former earthquake activity and fault creep?
Hayward Fault at U.C. Berkeley
Thinking about transferring to U.C. Berkeley? Check out the location of the Hayward Fault on the campus. What parts of the campus would be most hazardous in an earthquake?
A more detailed field trip for the U.C. Berkeley campus can be found by printing out this PDF file for the Hayward Fault Field Trip.
Active Traces of the Hayward Fault
This site links to Google Earth for a virtual tour of the Hayward Fault.
The Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire
This site maintained by the Museum of the City of San Francisco includes eyewitness accounts, photographs, and technical reports about California's most famous earthquake.
When Will the Next Quake Strike Northern California?
Explore this United States Geological Survey (USGS) site to find out why geologists estimated in 1990 that there is a 67% chance of a major earthquake (Richter magnitude 7) before the year 2020. Find out how you can prepare for the coming earthquake.
The Seismic Monitor
Go to this interactive display to monitor earthquakes in real-time, view records of ground motion, learn about earthquakes, and visit seismic stations around the world. (The Seismic Monitor was developed by the IRIS Consortium, U.S.Geological Survey [USGS], University of Colorado, and Reel Illusions Multimedia.)
Tsunami, Wave That Shook The World
This NOVA web site provides background resources for tsunami in general and investigates in detail the December 29, 2004, tsunami disaster.
2004 Asian Tsunami Disaster
This is a comprehensive site covering the 2004 Asian Tsunami Disaster and the recovery effort. You can also explore an animated guide to the mechanics of the tsunami.
Amateur Tsunami Videos
These amateur videos were taken by tourists who survived the 2004 tsunami.
Related Web Sites
Explore this National Earthquake Information Center site for general information about earthquakes, statistics about past earthquakes, animal behavior, tsunamis, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Learn about liquefaction and find the areas in the San Francisco Bay Area that are vulnerable to liquefaction in an earthquake.
Earthquake Maps for Sale - USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
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