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This table presents the modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI), a measure of earthquake intensity based on shaking severity and observed effects of earthquakes. It includes MMI value, a description of shaking severity, and a summary and full description of damage effects. Each MMI value is accompanied by an illustration showing its expected effects. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - artistic, Ref. material
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This magazine article describes how two high-magnitude earthquakes (7.6 in both instances) triggered landslides in El Salvador and Taiwan which caused extensive damage and loss of life, apart from the shaking of the earthquakes themselves. The article points out that the two areas have common features- tectonically very active, high steep slopes and deeply weathered material, that made the landslides ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This collection of video clips from the Caltech Woodframe Project shows what happens to a wood-frame house when it is shaken in the laboratory under conditions resembling those of an earthquake. There are both interior and exterior views, and also tests with furnishings in the house. The videos are available in two formats. There are also links to a description of the project, objectives of the testing, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This news article describes how mountain lakes in Nepal and Bhutan have become so overfilled by water from melting glaciers that they are in danger of overflowing. Scientists from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), along with remote-sensing experts from the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), predict that in the next half decade or so, the Himalayas could ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Natural hazards
 
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The glossary has about 60 terms that are primarily types of volcanoes or vents, eruption types, and eruptive products. Clicking on a term displays a captioned photograph illustrating the concept and a glossary definition. Below the photgraph are related glossary terms and sometimes other information or photograph links. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Photograph, Glossary
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Natural hazards
 
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This educational module has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to interactively investigate the nature of earthquakes. The module has been divided into three major sections, "What is an Earthquake?", "The Distribution of Earthquakes", and "Measuring Earthquakes". Each section presents background material and interactive learning activities allowing students to understand such characteristics ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Tutorial, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This resource explores earthquakes and seismic hazards, using the San Francisco area as an example. Materials include histories of San Francisco's earthquakes, including the 1906 'Great Earthquake' and the 1989 Loma Prieta quake. A section on quake basics addresses the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonics, fault movements, seismic waves, and how earthquakes are measured. For educators, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This site provides answers to frequently asked questions about tornadoes. The questions are grouped into the following categories: the basics about tornadoes, tornado forecasting, tornado damage, tornado safety, historical tornadoes, tornado climatology, spotting and chasing, tornado research, and scientific references. Information on related concepts is linked within each section and can also be ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Index / Bibliography, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Natural hazards
 
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This volcanoes site provides information about volcanoes as well as a classroom activity. There are video clips which show some of the features discussed, such as types of lava and eruptive styles. Topics covered by the text include how rocks melt, where and why volcanoes occur (plate tectonics), hot spots, volcanic hazards, forecasting eruptions and coping with risk. The classroom exercise involves ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards, Policy issues
 
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This site provides access to weather and climate imagery, including unique visuals of atmospheric and solar phenomena, pollution, clouds, research instruments, field projects, landscapes, and educational settings. It also contains links to other digital image sites and a place to store personally selected images for later viewing. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Natural hazards
 
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