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Birthquake Investigation

Quake Location

Getting students excited about earthquakes when they live in seismically inactive regions can be challenging. This activity is designed to overcome this by using students’ Birthquake as a hook!  

Your Birthquake is the largest earthquake that occurred on your birthdate. Students can discover their Birthquake, and a number of fundamental questions using the IRIS Earthquake Browser.

How often do earthquakes occur?
What is the relationship, globally, between the size of earthquakes and their frequency?
What is the magnitude scale and what information does it convey?  

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