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A Virtual Tour of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
This virtual tour utilizes the geographic interactive software Google Earth to explain the scientific, engineering, and human dimensions of the Northern California earthquake of April 18, 1906, commonly referred to as the 'Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906'. It is intended to help students visualize and understand the causes and effects of this and future earthquakes. The downloadable Zipped Keyhole Markup Language (kmz) files cover the global geologic setting of the earthquake, explore the fault system of the San Francisco Bay area, and discuss the mechanics of the 1906 earthquake. There is also an interactive gallery of fault and earthquake damage photos, and maps of earthquake hazards and probabilities for the Bay area.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Visual:
    • Map
  • Dataset:
    • Modeled
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Requires Google Earth viewer
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-020
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Earthquake Hazards Program
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/