Archive for the 'Earthquakes & Volcanoes' Category

Y9 Building an Earthquake Proof Building

Well done to year 9 who have just finished building their own earthquake proof structures and are about to start their GIS activity of siting their hospitals in San Francisco.  Here are some questions to think about for their future project. 

Where is this building?

Why is it this shape?

What is it intended to withstand?

When was it built?

Who built this building?  

Here is some footage of the Transamerican Pyramid

Sanfrancisco the city time lapse

Effects of Volcanoes on People

Vesuvius is a composite cone volcano which is currently dormant but has been very destructive and in AD 79 it erupted and resulted in the destruction of Herculaneum and Pompeii.  Thousands of people were killed instantly by pyroclastic flows (most didn’t even see it coming).  The area was buried under meters of ash. 

Click here for google earth image overlays of the 79AD eruption and a video showing the plaster casts victims of the volcano.  You will need to update your Google Earth to the latest version to see the videos.  There is a fantastic video on youtube about the volcano but it can’t be embedded.

BBC News article on Vesuvius Escape Plan

A film from youtube (can’t embed this one) about the governments evacuation plans.

Y9 Earthquakes in Japan

This shows the force of an earthquake in Kobe.  This was 7.3 on the Richter scale.  It has been slowed down so you can see it in more detail and the same clip has been shown a few times from different angles.

Above is the power point giving you some info on the Kobe earthquake and the concept map that we used in school along with the diagram of the effects.  If you didn’t complete the concept map explanation make sure you do this.

This weeks homework is to write your own earthquake preparedness leaflet which would be sent to homes in Japan (Obviously for our purposes it will be written in English).

You must include the following

  • What to do in preperation for a possible earthquake (Make sure you have an earthquake kit and explain what must be in it)
  • What to do during an earthquake
  • What to do after an earthquake

Don’t forget to include lots of information but in a way that people will want to read.  You should use images and think about making it acessible for people who have difficulty reading english as you have to make sure everyone understands what to do.

Here are some web sites to get you going

Fema  – Fema stands for the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency and is an American agency set up to deal with disasters.  This site  gives you all the advice you could possibly want.

American Red Cross - earthquake preparedness

There are many more but most of them give the same advice.

After your homework you may want to have a go at this game.

This is from the ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) and has many disaster simulations for you to try.  For now just start with the earthquake disaster and see how well you get on with managing your population.  This game will help you to think what governments might do during an earthquake and some of the decisions they have to make. Click on the image to go to the site and wait for the earthquake scenario to come up.

Disasters

Hi everyone sorry it has been so long since I last posted but it’s that time of year again and I have been busy writing new schemes and making new resources for the following year.  There will be lots more postings over the next few weeks of useful finds and some new resources you can play with.  To keep you going until then here is a great game to play which comes from the ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction).  This is an organisation whose aim is to reduce the number of dead and injured from natural disasters.

Year 7 should look at the flooding scenario and Year 8 at the earthquake  or Tsunami ones in preparation for next years unit on earthquakes.   Click on the image to get going

Y9 Virtual Earthquakes Exercise

Today you have started your computer simulation activity to work out the epicentre of your earthquake.  You must now take your test and remember you must enter our class code which you have written in your journals today.  Don’t forget to give every one in your groups name.

Click here to take the test

If you get a low score remember you can take it again.  Some of your browsers may block the pop ups so remember to click the ctrl key.  Good Luck

Y9 Natural History Museum Visit

At last you can finally see year 9 having a Megasaurus kind of day at the Natural History Museum.  This was part of their unit on earthquakes and volcanoes.  Y9 got the chance to experience the Kobe earthquake quake (no one was injured)

Where are the plate boundaries?

I wonder is this the Volcanic Bomb?

In the words of Leo Sayer Im going to make you a staaaaaar.  Well actually Im going to show you how the world is made.

Y9 Comparing two earthquakes

Year 9 have been comparing two earthquakes this week focusing on Bam and San Francisco.  Remember you were to complete the venn diagram for homework and hand in next lesson.  To help you I have uploaded the video I made onto you tube and you can play it here.

The link for the newspaper article is here

A brilliant account with lots of links from Geobytes

Y9 Montserrat

Year 9 have recently taken part in an activity called Operation Montserrat.  Students took part in a role play activity to evacuate people from Montserrat.  This was based on the 1995 eruption but today the volcano still errupts.  At the time of writing the area was on Alert 4.  The picture below was taken of small pyroclastic flows which occured on the 3rd of January.  Click here to find out what Alert 4 means

 click to go to the MVO site

 The MVO (Montserrat Volcano Observatory) has also published a new hazard map for this current erruption.  Year 9 have experience of producing such maps.  More links for Montserrat can be found under the year 9 page above under volcanoes and earthquakes.

Risk map for January 2007

Y9 Visit to Natural History Museum

At last it is time for our annual Y9 trip to the Earth’s Sciences Gallery at the Natural History Museum.  Don’t forget to bring your packed luches and travel cards, oh and plenty of extra food for Ms Richard, Ms Mort and Mrs Wallis (We like most types of chocolate!)  Here is a link to give you a preview of what you might see tomorrow.  Visit the Natural History Museum by clicking on the image below.  Tomorrow there may be some pictures of year 9 in an earthquake!

Y9 Some constructive plate margins & Volcano Cam

A little plate margin to help you work out which is constructive, destructive or is it convergent or divergent. Constructive means the same as divergent and destructive means the same as convergent. It’s just a case of terminology
Click to Play a flash file to help you work out which is which.


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