This online simulator for events on the San Andreas Fault in California allows learners to explore the amount of energy released by an earthquake. Learners can manipulate the length and width of the fault and how much the fault slips. These variables, along with the rocks rigidity are used to calculate the Moment Magnitude of the fault. Students can use this simulator to explore just how big an earthquake might be possible on the San Andreas fault. This tool can be a useful to make comparisons when discussing disaster movies!
- What are the major factors that contribute to the amount of energy released from an earthquake?
- What size quake is possible on the San Andreas Fault in California?