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EARTH Magazine: An App That Brings Home Your Seismic Hazard

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, January 31, 2017  --  Do you know the earthquake risk in your neighborhood? If not, that information is now available in the palm of your hand. Founded by two former U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) employees, Temblor is a free app that allows people to view interactive seismic hazard maps on their smartphones, tablets or computers. It also teaches U.S. homeowners to factor earthquake and landslide risk into their financial decisions, like where to live and what insurance to buy.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.9 Papua New Guinea (01/22/2017)

IRIS

January 22, 2017  --  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 7.9 earthquake that occurred 40 kilometers (24 miles) west of the town of Panguna, at an intermediate depth (136 km, 84.5 miles) beneath the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4409

EARTH Magazine: Harmful Algal Blooms Find New Habitats in Changing Oceans

EARTH Magazine

From AGI, January 19, 2017  --  In April and May 2015, a bloom of toxic algae spanned more than a thousand miles of Pacific coastline, from Santa Barbara, Calif., to British Columbia. Marine organisms were poisoned throughout the food web, disrupting coastal ecosystems and economies for months. Similar events are expected to become more frequent as the oceans and atmosphere adjust to a warming climate.

EARTH Magazine: The First Americans: How and When Were the Americas Populated?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, January 4, 2017  --  The latest research suggests humans first arrived in the Americas as early as 16,000 years ago, but using which path — along the Pacific coast, through an inland ice-free corridor, or from the East along the Atlantic coast — remains controversial. Archaeologists and geologists are working to try to answer the question of how and when the first Americans arrived. In the January issue of EARTH Magazine, their work is showcased, reexamining the origins of our shared geoheritage in light of new evidence.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.6 Southern Chile (12/25/2016)

IRIS

December 25, 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 7.6 earthquake that occurred near the southern tip of Chiloe Island in southern Chile. There are no immediate reports of deaths. There are reports of landslides and some damage to highways.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4384

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.9 Papua New Guinea (12/17/2016)

IRIS

December 17, 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 7.9 magnitude earthquake has occurred east of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The earthquake occurred 132.8 km (82.5 mi) east of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 103.2 km (64 miles). There are no current tsunami warnings in effect.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4380

Listenwise: Climate Change and Human Migration

Listenwise

From Listenwise  --  Migration has been a huge part of human history. Experts agree that early humans started out in Africa and began to migrate out of Africa to different parts of Europe and Asia around 100,000 years ago. This migration occurred in waves but we don’t know why early humans left Africa. Recent research supports the theory that climate change may have been the force that drove early humans out.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.7 Solomon Islands

IRIS

December 8, 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 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck offshore in the Solomon Islands.  The earthquake occurred less than 30 kilometers off the island of Makira, at a depth of 48.7 km (30.3 miles), and 70 kilometers southwest of the island's city of Kirakira, about 4:38 a.m. local time Friday. There are no current Tsunami warnings in effect.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 in El Salvador

IRIS

November 24, 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 7.0 earthquake that struck off the Pacific coast of Central America Thursday at a depth of 10.3 kilometers (6.4 miles).  Its epicenter was located 149 km (93 miles) south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo in El Salvador.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4347

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