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Can earthquakes be predicted?

This learning video uses a simple analog setup to explore why earthquakes are so unpredictable. The setup is simple enough that students should be able to assemble and operate it on their own with a teacher’s supervision.

The teaching approach used in this module is known as the 5E approach, which stands for Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, and Evaluation. Over the course of this lesson, the basic mechanisms that give rise to the behavior of the simple analog system are explained, and further elaboration helps the students to apply their understanding of the analog system to complex fault systems that cause earthquakes.

It is important that students be familiar with the following prerequisite concepts before beginning the module: earth’s interior structure, plate tectonics and plate motions, properties of Earth materials, and faults and fault motions. This lesson can be completed in 50 minutes if the basic materials for construction of the analog setup are compiled prior to getting started in class.

by Zach Adam of Teachers Without Borders, translated by Yvon Lamour (Cambridge Public School District) and Michel DeGraff (MIT), and with Kreyòl voiceover by Yvon Lamour.

Keywords

  • Themes:Early Warning, Risk Identification & Assessment, Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Hazards:Earthquake
  • Countries/Regions:Haiti

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/17480


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