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Learning Exercise: Earthquake Information/Simulation

Earthquake Information/Simulation
Students will use powerpoint notes to first gain knowledge about earthquakes and then use the "Make A Quake" simulation to apply what they have learned.
Course: Geology


Submitted by:
Valerie Ruiz
Date Last Modified:
June 27, 2005


This assignment consists of 2 parts:
1) Have students view the powerpoint and answer the questions on the notes
2) Have students visit the "Make a Quake" website and have them construct
different building structures on different ground types. Make sure they read
the evaluations at the end of each simulation and have them compare and contrast
what happens to their building during the same magnitude of earthquake



  • High School
  • Middle School


Earthquakes, focus, epicenter, primary and secondary waves, Richter Scale.


Some knowledge of plate tectonics. Need to know how to use the internet.

Learning Objectives

Understand what causes earthquakes and the types of things that are studied during an event. Understand how scientists measure earthquakes and how building structures survive or are damaged during an earthquake.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Supplemental activity

Technical Notes

Can print out notes page for students to complete using powerpoint presentation or have them answer on sheet of paper.