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Educational resource Why studying earthquakes can save lives

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Why studying earthquakes can save lives

Associated divisions
Natural Hazards (NH)
Seismology (SM)
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)


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You will need the article and activity sheet, both of which are provided in the file to download.

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Earthquakes happen all the time and all over the world, albeit some places are affected more than others. Show your students why it’s important for sesimologists to study earthquakes with this resource, which explains how earthquakes happen, why people live in earthquake-prone areas and why governments should listen to the science. Included is a summary of a current research project, an interview with seismologist Dr Alex Copely and a career guide for students interested in earthquakes, plus a case study of Anchorage, America’s earthquake hot spot. The activity sheet includes discussion points – six questions the students can answer in groups of individually –, and instructions on how to carry out a simple earthquake experiment.