Thread: Seismic Eruption software

Started: 2008-02-12 17:44:34
Last activity: 2008-02-12 17:44:34
Topics: IRIS EPO
John Lahr
2008-02-12 17:44:34
Dear Educators,

Alan Jones has written a number of remarkable programs, including of
course AmaSeis, the
program used to collect and analyze data from our AS-1 seismic systems.

SeismicEruption is another great educational program that you've
probably seen but might
not have used with your classes.

Teresa Tucker of Jackson, Michigan, asked Alan if there were any
guided lessons for use
with Seismic Eruption that her student teacher could use with her
class. Alan recommended
one of Larry Braile's

Jeff Barker and Michael Hubenthal also had suggestions, which are
included below.

If you haven't introduced SeismicEruption to your class, these
suggestions provide a good
way to get started.


Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:15:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Seismic Eruptions software
From: hubenth<at>

Hi Teresa,

Here is a link to a ziped file of a ppt I use with high school students
for the lab that Jeff refered.

Also, here is a link to the article that Jeff described. Should give your
student teacher a nice overview of the activity.

I am not sure how comfortable your student teacher is in the classroom, so
this activity may not be as "guided" as your student teacher is wanted.
The ST could increase the structure a bit by creating a worksheet that has
a data table already on it and taking some of the questions we suggest
from the PPT and article.

Please let me know if you need more.

Best Wishes,


Hi Teresa,

My hands-on activity using Seismic-Eruption can be found on the website: I've just used it
with college students but it also works well with school kids. The best
part is where they select their own region of interest and figure out the
rate of earthquake occurrence there. Then they can do earthquake
prediction of a sort (average recurrence time). This activity was written
up in an issue of The Earth Scientist that Michael edited for IRIS.

Have fun. It's a great program.

Jeff Barker
Assoc. Prof. of Geophysics
Binghamton University

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