Thread: Teachable Moment - What does it take to create a BIG quake?

Started: 2020-06-05 10:01:39
Last activity: 2020-06-05 10:01:39
IRIS is committed to supporting educators in their need for “virtual”
investigations and e-learning as a result of stay-at-home orders. Through
June 19th, IRIS will be releasing a weekly 'Teachable Moment' that offers
an opportunity for teachers and students to explore various elements of
seismology. These will be offered in addition to our regular earthquake

This week’s investigation explores various factors (fault length, depth,
slip, and rigidity) that combine to determine the magnitude of an
earthquake! At the core of this investigation is a simple, interactive
computer model. Students can adjust each of the four factors to understand
the influence of each… There is even a simulation for a diamond Earth with
a 40,000km fault!

This resource can be downloaded from:

Happy exploration and Happy Friday! If you have any questions or comments,
please contact us!

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