Why Are Earthquakes so Hard to Predict?

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Cell phones to crowdsource vibrations to warn of incoming earthquakes? Detectors to register high levels of radon-thoron isotopes? After detailing the factors that make earthquakes so difficult to predict, the narrator of a fascinating video examines some of the technology being developed to predict these earth-shaking events.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups explore the links found in the resource
  • Ask other groups to explore the validity of such prediction techniques as the "Missing Cats and Dogs" premise
  • Another group might research the nearest fault lines or the schools earthquake preparedness policy
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource can be easily assigned for home viewing with class members returning for a full-class discussion of the video and the provided links

  • The animation enables viewers to look below the Earth's surface to see how the various factors operate

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