Virtual Earthquake is an interactive Web-based activity designed to introduce you to the concepts of how an earthquake epicenter is located and how the Richter magnitude of an earthquake is determined. This is the old version. A newer simulation called Earthquake is now available.
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Sarah Barnes (Teacher (K-12))
1. Quality of Content: Content in the site does a great job of being user friendly and clearly demonstrates the major topics related to earthquakes.
2. Effectiveness as a teaching tool: This tool would be used as a demonstration of the curriculum/ exploration of the problem. After using the site, students should be able to understand how to find the epicenter of an earthquake.
3. Ease of Use: The site does a good job of giving the instructor a step by step demo of how to use the material. The site has directions on each page and easy to use buttons to navigate from one step to another.
Robert Barry (Student)
Sheryl Stohs, PhD (Faculty)
Glen White (Faculty)
various features of the site, and thoroughly enjoying the experience. The
graphical presentations clearly illustrate the procedures being explored, and
the depth and accuracy of the material is impressive. For demonstrating the
methods and tools of measurement for seismology, this is by far superior to any
text I've reviewed. The hands-on use of the interactive graphics should greatly
add to its potential effectiveness as a teaching and learning tool.
opens up to explain the next component of the module. Correct responses are
required at several points in order to continue, but using the demonstration
button, an instructor can quickly review the site.
Michael Rocco Jr. (Faculty)
have found that the students enjoy working online and completing all of the
tasks to get their very own certificate. The content is appropriate for the
earth science curriculum. I use the activity as a culminating review of finding
epicenters to earthquakes after going over lag time, magnitude, etc. I have
found that the software is very user-friendly.
Mark Peebles (Faculty)
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.
several years ago.