seismic readout line

Namazu, Japanese giant fish thought to cause earthquakes


Earthquake Mythology

More Myths and Legends

History of Seismology and Quake Measurement

A Brief History of Seismology to 1910

Images of Historical Earthquakes   from the Kozak Collection at University of California (including the 'namazu' fish shown here)


Learning About Quakes (overviews & background)

Understanding Earthquakes

Discovery Channel: Videos, schedule of upcoming shows on quakes

New Madrid Fault (Arkansas) teacher's guide

Glossary from A Parent's Guide to Earthquakes  by Lucy Jones of USGS


Simple pendulum seismograph

Science of Earthquakes

So what's the Richter Scale, anyway?

Plate Tectonics, the Cause of Earthquakes

National Earthquake Information Center, data center and archive

USGS National Earthquake Information Center

Finding an earthquake's location with modern seismic networks

Seismology Resources for Teachers

Southern California Seismic Network, including a discussion of analog vs. digital seimic stations and the "Did you feel that?" survey on quake intensity.


Exploratorium building, seen behind a house whsoe ground floor collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Quake

Personal Perspectives of quake survivors

The Exploratorium remembers 1989

The Loma Prieta Quake of 1989

"The Big One:" San Francisco, 1906

Late Night Musings of an Earthquake Seismologist (after the 1994 Northridge quake)


Quake epicenters in the
						earth's north hemisphere


Life Along the Faultline:activities developed at The Exploratorium for the 10th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake in 1989.

FEMA for Kids  (that's The Federal Emergency Management Agency), with games and puzzles

Southern California Earthquake Center Outreach, by grade levels

Network Montana (click on Geosphere)  Includes very cool peanut butter & jelly simulation of geological layering

Virtual Earthquake software

Virtual Field Trip to the San Andreas Fault

Association of Bay Area Governments quiz & puzzles



How to Build a Shake Table

More advanced shake table (slotted bolt connection energy dissipator)

And another one.  (this one includes two school science projects at bottom of page)

Locating Earthquake Epicenters


Slinky toys
						can be used to demonstrate propagation of seismic waves.

Related Exploratorium exhibits


Slinky in Hand


Books at the Learning Studio


Videos at the Learning Studio


Web Search Basics


Another view of earthquake zones world-wide

Searching for Quakes

Seismosurfing : Geographic directory of institutional URLs

Susan Rosenberg's Quaking Home Page

Perilous Times Earthquake Page

Recent Large Quakes in California updated each week


And finally, not at all scientific but funny: Experience San Francisco!

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