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Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.5 Papua New Guinea on 05/05/15

IRIS

05/05/15  --  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 this powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, approximately 130 km (81 mi) south-southwest of Kokopo at a depth of 42 km (26.1 mi). 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3382

Listen Current: Nepal Earthquake Recovery is Slow

Listen Current

May 3, 2015  --  Nepal, the mountainous South Asian country nestled between China and India, is small but densely populated. On April 25th a large earthquake devastated the country. From the capital city of Kathmandu to the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest, every corner of the country has been affected. With the death toll rising above 6,000 the international community and aid groups have sprung into action, sending supplies and people to support recovery. Unfortunately, the limited infrastructure in this developing nation is making the relief effort difficult.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.8 Nepal

IRIS

04/25/2015  --  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 this powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred 77 km (48 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal that is home to nearly 1.5 million inhabitants.  The earthquake flattened homes, buildings and temples, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 1,800 people.

Listen Current: Oil Glut

April 5, 2015  --  The United States has become one of the world’s largest producers of oil but we might be running out of space to store this oil. If companies sell off large amounts of oil to open up storage space what will happen to the price of oil? Use this story to help students understand the relationship between oil production, speculation and storage.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.5 Papua New Guinea

IRIS

03/29/2015  --  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 this powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea on Sunday, approximately 54 km (33 miles) southeast of Kokopo.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3308

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 Flores Sea

IRIS

02/27/2015  --  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 this powerful major magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook southern Indonesia, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth. 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3275

Listen Current: Oklahoma Has More Earthquakes Than California

Listen Current

March 1, 2015  --  When Americans think of earthquakes they often think of California, but in the last few years Oklahoma has become the leader in earthquakes in the continental United States. Some areas in Oklahoma experience two to three earthquakes a day! These quakes are being linked to a modern oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing. It’s the process used to dispose of wastewater created during the extraction of oil from shale. Listen to learn how communities are responding to the quakes and the oil companies that might be creating them.

EARTH Magazine: Hazard Lingers After South Napa Earthquake

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 02/26/15  --  After the Aug. 24, 2014, Napa Valley earthquake, movement continued along the principal fault to the north of the epicenter, according to a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey. Such "afterslip" is known from previous quakes, but this is the first time that strong afterslip has been observed in a populated residential community. While the majority of shaking on the main strand of the West Napa Fault Zone occurred in rural fields, approximately 20 homes were immediately affected.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.1 Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

IRIS

02/15/2015  --  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 this powerful major magnitude 7.1 earthquake that occurred on the North America – Eurasia Plate boundary. The epicenter was located ~1170km SE of Greenland in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3250

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