Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.8 Ecuador


April 16, 2016  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that occurred near the coast of Ecuador. According to a statement from the government, more than 1,550 people were injured, 235 dead, at least 370 buildings were destroyed and another 151 buildings and 26 schools were affected by the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning center issued a Tsunami Threat Message of possible waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above tide level for some Ecuadorian coasts.  There were preventative evacuations in coastal areas because of possible tsunami risks. 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4101

USGS page: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20005j32

For general earthquake information, be sure to check out PAESTA Recommends Earthquake Resources (http://www.paesta.psu.edu/paesta-recommends#earthquake) and AGI's Earthquake Basics (http://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues/earthquake-basics) page.