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Comparing Ground Motion from Earthquakes
Students use data provided in REV (Rapid Earthquake Viewer) to compare the amplitude of the seismic waves recorded as a result of ground shaking from recent earthquakes. They explore the concept of a logarithmic scale, and create a graph using a logarithmic axis. By graphing and comparing data for earthquakes of different magnitudes recorded at similar distances from the epicenter, students discover that the amount of ground motion recorded by a seismometer is a measure of magnitude.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Extension requires Quicktime.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2008, UCAR
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-332
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Teaching Box: Living in Earthquake Country'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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