In this roll play activity students are preparing to be interviewed by the local media about a recent newsworthy quake. The student worksheet walks students through a series of questions to help them prepare. Answering the questions requires making use of the event specific details and the background information provided. However, all answers must be combined with a broader geologic understanding to truly prepare. The activity as provided uses the May 12, 2008 - Sichuan Earthquake as an example. However, the activity could be updated by providing students with similar information from a more recent quake.
Author: Seth Stein, Northwestern University (email@example.com)
Students will be able to:
- Calculate the seismic moment for a quake
- Predict the rupture length (km) and average displacement (m) and the downdip dimension (fault width)
- Compare and contrast their predictions with aftershock paterns and body wave modeling
- Determine the type of fault a quake occured on and its tectonic cause