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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.

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Y11 Mt St Helens

The Mount St Helens Case Study.  This is an oldie but goodie

Harry Truman at his St. Helens Lodge,”I’ve lived here over 50 years…That mountain’s part of Harry and Harry’s a part of that mountain.” (Well he is part of the mountain now!)

Here is a reminder about the eruption. The diagram shows exactly the order of what happened during the eruption.

Links to help you this week:

 This site is very helpfull for all your revision needs on this topic

 Bitesize has a tectonics section

Here is the Geobytes GCSE case study on Mt St Helens

Below are some tectonic games from Mr Chambers of Geobytes fame

Tectonic Content Generator Penalty Shoot Out

Tectonic Multiple Choice Gererator

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.

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


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