Earthquake Lab

Students explore how seismic waves are used to determine the magnitude of an earthquake and to locate its epicenter. Virtual Earthquake is an interactive Web-based activity designed to introduce students to the concepts of how an earthquake EPICENTER is located and how the RICHTER MAGNITUDE of an earthquake is determined. A "Certificate of Completion" will be available to each student at the end of each activity.

Discipline: geoscience, geology, geophysics, tectonics, science and technology
Topics: determining the magnitude of an earthquake and epicenter location
Product: Geology Labs-Online
Vendor: California State University
Cost: Free
Technical requirements:Java and Flash
Accessibility info: None Available
Link to Lab: screen image tour
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Instructional Materials: instructor and lab manuals available online from vendor
Description: Interactive, inquiry-based simulations and exercises for college level courses in geoscience, geology, geophysics, tectonics, science and technology.
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