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Virtual Earthquake

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Mark Peebles (Faculty), Oct 22, 2001
Comment: I have used this site as a class project in the past but lost the link. I was
very happy to see that it has been put back on the web. It is a very excellent
demonstration of seismology. Students calculate the distance to the epicenter of
an earthquake plus estimate the magnitude by measuring information from
simplified seismograms of actual earthquakes. This exercise gives the student a
much better grasp of seismic data and how it relates to earthquakes. The site
can easily be finshed in an hour and it is very easy to use. Grading is
simplified as the student can print a "Virtual Seismologist" certificate which
includes all of the data they measured along with their success rate.

Technical Remarks:

The site is cleaner and seems to work more smoothly than when I first used it
several years ago.