The Seismological Society of America publishes two research journals - The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, issued bi-monthly, and Seismological Research Letters, issued bi-monthly. The Society also sponsors a national meeting in the spring of each year and a meeting of the society's Eastern Section in the fall.
The following list of reference materials was prepared to provide teachers (primarily grades K-12) with resource information that will be of use in teaching topics related to seismology. The resources are separated into seven categories:
Suggestions for "first-time-users" of seismology materials and some information on how to obtain copies of the resources listed here are given at the end of this brochure. Inclusion of materials in this brochure does not constitute an endorsement by the SSA. (Internet: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~braile/edumod/seisres/seisresweb.htm)
American Institute of Professional Geologists, The Citizen's Guide to Geologic Hazards, AIPG, Arvada, Colorado, 134 pp., 1993. (Order from AIPG, 303-431-0831, $19.95).
Atkinson, W., The
(Ed.), Lessons Learned from the 1985
Bolt, B.A., Inside
the Earth, W.H. Freeman & Company,
Bolt, B.A., Earthquakes,
(4th edition), W.H. Freeman & Company,
Bolt, B.A., Earthquakes
and Geological Discovery, Scientific American Library, W.H.
Bolt, B.A., W.L. Horn, G.A. Macdonald,
R.F. Scott, Geological Hazards: Earthquakes-Tsunamis-Volcanoes-Avalanches-Landslides-Floods,
Braus, J. (editor), Geology: The Active Earth, Ranger Rick's Nature Scope, National Wildlife Federation, 69 pp., 1987.
Bronson, W., The Earth Shook, The Sky
Burned - A Moving Record of
D.S., Earthquakes: Science and Society,
NJ, 251 pp., 1999.
Bryant, E.A., Natural Hazards,
Calhoun, F., Earthquake
Survival Guide, Magnet Press,
California Division of Mines and Geology,
Earthquake Planning Scenario for a Magnitude 8.3 Earthquake on the San
Andreas Fault in the San Francisco Bay Area, CDMG Special Pub. 62,
California Seismic Safety Commission, Architectural Practice and Earthquake Hazards, and The Homeowner's Guide to Earthquake Safety, CA-SSC, 1900 K St., Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814, 1992.
Chapman, D., Natural
R.A., "Epicenters of the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake" and "Time
Travel: Earthquake Waves and Horses", in Activities for Earth Science
(edited by V. Mayor), ERIC Clearinghouse (
Christman, R.A., Epicenters of the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake, in Earth Science Investigations, edited by M.A. Oosterman and M.T. Schmidt, Amer. Geol. Inst., Alexandria, VA, 1991.
Cohen, D., D. Menuez
and R.G. Tussy (Eds.), Effects of the Earthquake
of March 27, 1964 at
Cohen, Stan, 8.6 The Great Alaska Earthquake, March 27, 1964, Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana, 128 pp., 1997.
Cole, J. and B. Degen, The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth, Scholastic Inc., New
Cook, N., (developed by Washington MESA), Measuring Earthquakes: Real-World
Mathematics Through Science,
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.,
87 pp., 1994.
Deery, R., Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Good Apple,
dePolo, C.M., and D.B. Slemmons, Estimation of earthquake size for seismic hazards, in Neotectonics in Earthquake Evaluation (edited by E.L. Krinitzsky and D.B. Slemmons), Geol. Soc. Amer. Rev. Eng. Geol. VIII, 1-28, 1990.
Dewey, J.W., D.P. Hill, W.L. Ellsworth, and E.R. Engdahl, Earthquakes, faults, and the seismotectonic framework of the contiguous United States, in Geophysical Framework of the Continental United States, edited by L.C. Pakiser and W.D. Mooney, Geol. Soc. Am. Memoir 172, Boulder, CO, 541-575, 1989.
H., Seismology, John Wiley &
Dunbar, P.K., P.A. Lockridge,
and L.S. Whiteside, Catalog of Significant Earthquakes, 2150 B.C.-1991 A.D.,
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 320
pp., 1992, Catalog available for $15, digital database on magnetic tape ($106)
or diskette ($31). Order from National Geophysical
MA 02155. http://www.tufts.edu/as/wright_center/
The Earthquake Project, Earthquake Preparedness for Schools and Preparing Your Home for an Earthquake, pamphlets available from The Earthquake Project, Ten Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110-1273.
Earthquake Watch Kit, available from Science Kit and Boreal Laboratories (800-828-7777), $21.95.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes, a bimonthly publication of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Eckel, E., and others, The Alaska Earthquake, March 27, 1964, Lessons and Conclusions, U.S.G.S. Prof. Pap 546, 57 pp., 1970.
EERI, Public Policy
and Building Safety, EERI, Endowment Fund White Paper,
Ernst, W.G., The
FEMA Earthquake Hazards Reduction Series
Publications (List available from: Federal Emergency Management Agency,
FEMA, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings
for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook: Earthquake Hazards Reduction Series
41, FEMA-154, prepared by the Building Seismic Safety Council,
FEMA, Seismic Considerations: Elementary
and Secondary Schools, FEMA-149, revised 1990, 102 pages, prepared by the Building
Seismic Safety Council,
FEMA, Non-Technical Explanation of the NEHRP Recommended Provisions, FEMA-99, 88 pages, prepared by the Building Seismic Safety Council, Washington, DC, 1990.
FEMA, Seismic Consideration for Communities at Risk, FEMA-83, 146 pages, prepared by the Building Seismic Safety Council, Washington, DC, 1990. (Free copies of the above FEMA publications can be obtained from: Building Seismic Safety Council, 1201 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005, (202) 289-7800; FAX: (202) 289-1092.)
FEMA, USGS Response to an Urban Earthquake: Northridge '94, Open-File Rpt. 96-263, 78 pp., prepared by the U.S.G.S., 1996.
FEMA/AGU, Seismic Sleuths -
Earthquakes - A Teachers Package on Earthquakes for Grades 7-12, American
Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., 367 pp., 1994. (FEMA 253, for free copy, write on school letterhead to: FEMA,
Fowler, C.M.R., The
Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics,
Fuller, M.L., The New Madrid
Earthquake: A Scientific Factual Field Account,
U.S. Geological Survey, Govt. Printing Office,
Gates, G.O., Safety & survival in an earthquake, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, 22(1), 26-32, 1990.
Gere, J.M. and H.C. Shah, Terra Non Firma: Understanding and Preparing for Earthquakes, W.H. Freeman, NY, 203 pp., 1984.
Gore, R., Our Restless Planet Earth, National Geographic, v. 168, 142-181, 1985. (Includes map, "Earth's Dynamic Crust".).
Gubbins, D., Seismology
and Plate Tectonics,
Hanif, M., As the earth quakes...what happens? Science and Children, 27(4), 36-39, 1990.
Hansen, G. and E. Condon, Denial of Disaster: The Untold Story and Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906, Cameron and Co., San Francisco, 1989.
Harden, D.R., An Introductory Geology Exercise on Contouring Intensities for the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, J. Geological Education, v. 38, 105-106, 1990.
Hardy, G.R., and M.N. Tolman, Cakequake! An earth-shaking experience: Treat children to a lesson on plate tectonics, Science and Children, 29(1), 18-21, 1991.
Harris, J.W., Building a Firm Foundation - Educating about Geologic Disasters, The Science Teacher, v. 47(9), 22-25, 1980.
Harris, S.L., Agents of Chaos, Mountain Press Publishing Company, 260 pp., 1990.
Hauksson, E., Seismicity, faults and earthquake potential in Los Angeles,
in Engineering Geology Practice in Southern California, Assoc. Eng.
Geologists Spec. Pub., Star Pub. Co.,
Hays, W.W., Procedures
for Estimating Earthquake Ground Motions,
Hennet, C.B., and L.W. Braile, Exploring the Earth Using Seismology, color poster, 1999, obtain from IRIS (www.iris.edu).
How to Construct a Paper Model Showing the Motion That Occurred on the San Andreas Fault During the Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989, USGS Open File Report 89-640A, (available from the U.S.G.S. Books and Open-File Reports, Box 25425, Denver, CO 80225, (303) 236-7476; $1.50 for paper copy, $4.50 for microfiche).
Hubbell, S., Earthquake Fever, The New Yorker, February 11, 1991, p. 75-84.
Iacopi, R., Earthquake Country, Lane Book Co.,
Jennings, P.C., Engineering seismology, in Earthquakes, Observation, Theory and Interpretation, edited by H. Kanamori and E. Boschi, North Holland, Amsterdam, 128-173, 1983.
Johnston, A.C., A major earthquake zone on the Mississippi, Scientific American, p. 60-68, April, 1982.
Johnston, A.C., and S.J. Nava, Seismic-hazard assessment in the central United States, in Neotectonics in Earthquake Evaluation, edited by E.L. Krinitzsky and D.B. Slemmons, Rev. in Eng. Geol., Geol. Soc. Am., Vol. VIII, 47-58, 1990.
Jones, L.M., Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country, Southern California Earthquake Center, 30 pp., 1995 (also available on the Internet at: http://www.scecdc.scec.org/eqcountry.html).
Kanamori, H., Magnitude scale and quantification of earthquakes, Tectonophysics, v. 93, 185-199, 1983.
P. and M. Brooks, An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration, 2nd
edition, Blackwell Sci.,
Kearey, P. and F.J. Vine, Global Tectonics, 2nd edition, Blackwell Sci.,
Keller,E.A. and N. Pinter, Active Tectonics: Earthquakes, Uplift, and Landscape, Prnt. Hall, Up. Saddle R., NJ, 338 pp., 1996.
Kimball, V., Earthquake Ready: The Complete Preparedness Guide, A practical, non-technical guide to preparation and survival, Roundtable Pub., Malibu, CA, 1992.
Korba, D.G., What earthquakes waves tell us about the Earth's interior, in Earth Science Investigations, edited by M.A. Oosterman and M.T. Schmidt, Amer. Geol. Institute, Alexandria, VA, 1991.
Kovach, R.L., Earth's Fury: An Introduction to Natural Hazards and Disasters, Prentice Hall, Up. Saddle R., NJ, 214 pp., 1995.
Kulhanek, O., Anatomy of Seismograms,
H.J., Earthquakes, John Wiley and Sons,
Lay, T., Structure and Fate of Subducting Slabs,
Levy, M., and M. Salvadori, Why Buildings Fall
Down: How Structures Fail, W.W.
Levy, M. and M.
the Earth Quakes, W.W. Norton,
Lindh, A.G., Earthquake prediction: The seismic cycle pursued, Nature, v. 348, 580-581, 1990.
Lowman, P., K. Wilkes, and R.W. Ridky, Earthquakes and Plate Boundaries, J. Geological Education, v. 26, 69-72, 1978.
Lumsden, D.N., An Earthquake Lab for Physical Geology, J. Geological Education, v. 38, 30-37, 1990.
L. and S. Mario, Why Buildings Fall Down, W.W. Norton & Co.,
Mattox, S.R., A Teacher's Guide to the Geology of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii National Park, HI, Hawaii Natural History Association, 391 pp., 1994. (Includes lessons on earthquakes for K-12 students.)
McCredie, S., Tsunami: The Wrath of Poseidon, Smithsonian Magazine, v. 24(12), 28-39, 1994.
Monastersky, R., Abandoning Richter, Science News, v. 146, no. 16, 250-252, 1994.
Murck, B.W., B.J. Skinner, and S.C. Porter, Dangerous Earth: An Introduction to Geologic
Myles, D., The Great Waves: Tsunami,
National Academy of Sciences, Liquefaction of Soils During Earthquakes, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1985.
National Geographic Society, Our Violent Earth,
National Research Council, Panel on Regional Networks, Assessing the
National Science Teachers Association, Earthquakes: A teacher's package
for K-6 grades, NSTA Publications,
Natural Hazards Observer, subscription available from Natural Hazards Research and Applications Inform. Center, Institute of Behavioral Sci. #6, University of Colorado, Campus Box 482, Boulder, CO 80309-0482, (303) 492-6819.
NCEER Bibliography of Earthquake Education Materials by Katherine E-K. Ross, (write on school letterhead to: National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, State University of New York at Buffalo, 104 Red Jacket Quadrangle, Buffalo, NY 14261-0025, 716-645-3391).
Nuttli, O.W., G.A. Bollinger and R.B. Herrmann, The 1886 Charleston, South Carolina Earthquake - A 1986 Perspective, U.S. Geol. Surv. Circ. 985, 52 pp., 1986.
Oliver, J., Shocks and Rock: Seismology in the Plate Tectonics Revolution,
Olson, R.S., B. Podesta and J.M. Nigg, The Politics of Earthquake Prediction,
Oosterman, M.A. and M.T. Schmidt (Eds.), Earth Science Investigations,
Amer. Geol. Institute,
J.L., Jr., The New Madrid Earthquake, University of
Pinter, N., Exercises in Active Tectonics: An Introduction to Earthquakes
and Tectonic Geomorphology, Prentice Hall,
Pitak, W.J., Natural Hazard Risk Assessment and
Public Policy: Anticipating the Unexpected,
Plafker, G. and J.P. Galloway (Eds.), Lessons
Learned from the Loma Prieta Earthquake of October
17, 1989,U .S. Geol. Surv.
Press, F. and R. Siever, Earth, 4rd edition, W.H. Freeman & Co., San Francisco, 656 pp., 1986. (Chap. 18 on seismology.)
Robinson, E.S. and C. Coruh, Basic
Exploration Geophysics, Wiley,
Robinson, A., Earth Shock - Hurricanes, Volcanoes,
Earthquakes, Tornadoes, and Other Forces of Nature, Thames and
Ross, K.E.K., and T.J. Shuell, Children's Beliefs About Earthquakes, Science Education, 77 pp, 191-205, 1993.
Salvadori, M., The
Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers and
Saucier, R.T., Geoarcheological
evidence of strong prehistoric earthquakes in the New Madrid (
Scherbaum, F., Basic Concepts in Digital Signal
Processing for Seismologists,
Seismograms for the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake and Teachers Guide,
available from Science Kit and Boreal Laboratories, (800-828-7777), $25.50. Also available from Creative Dimensions,
Seismo-Watch Newsletter, a weekly newsletter on earthquake activity throughout the world. Subscription: $52/year, Advanced Geologic Exploration, PO Box 8109, Reno, NV 89507, (800-852-2960), http://www.seismo-watch.com.
Sharp, R., Field Guide: Geology of
Shea, J.H., A Computer-Based Subduction-Zone-Earthquake Exercise for Introductory-Geology Classes, J. Geological Education, v. 39, 388-392, 1991.
Sheriff, R.E., and L.P. Geldart,
Exploration Seismology (2nd Edition),
Simkin, T., J.D.
World Map of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Impact Craters, and Plate Tectonics,
Simon, R.B., Earthquake Interpretations: A Manual for Reading Seismograms,
W. Kaufmann, Inc.,
Slemmons, D.B., Introduction, in Neotectonics of North America, edited by D.B. Slemmons, E.R. Engdahl, M.D. Zoback, and D.D. Blackwell, Geol. Soc. Am. Decade Map Vol. 1, Boulder, CO, 1-20, 1991.
Spence, W., R.B. Herrmann, A.C. Johnston, and G. Reagor, Responses to Iben Browning's Prediction of a 1990 New Madrid, Missouri, Earthquake, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1083, 248 pp., 1994.
Steinbrugge, K., Catalogue of Earthquake-Related Sounds, audio tape, available from Seismological Society of America ($10).Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (revised), USGS Professional Paper 1527, 418 pp., 1993, ($26 + $2.60 postage, USGS, Box 25286, Bldg. 810, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225).
Stover, C.W., and J.L. Coffman, Seismicity
Sunset Special Report, Getting ready for a big quake, 104-111, March, 1982.
Sunset Magazine, Quake, Part I, October, 163-177, 1990; Part II, November, 132-137, 1990 (reprints, Parts I and II, $2, Quake, Sunset Publishing Corp., 80 Willow Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025, (415) 321-3600.
Tarbuck, E.J. and F.K. Lutgens, Earth Science, MacMillan, New York, 6th edition, 659 pp., 1991. (An introductory and readable book on Earth science; Chapter 5 on Earthquakes and The Earth's Interior; Chapter 6 on Plate Tectonics.)
E.J., F.K. Lutgens, and K.G. Pinzke,
Applications & Investigations in Earth Science (2nd Ed.), Prentice
U.S. Geological Survey, The Next Big Earthquake, available from: Earthquake, U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, 1990.
U.S. Geological Survey Teacher's Packet (request on school letterhead, indicate subject and grade level, U.S. Geological Survey, Geologic Inquiries Group, 907 National Center, Reston, VA 22092)
U.S. Geological Survey, This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectoncis, available from: U.S. Geol. Surv., Map Distribution, Federal Center, PO Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225, $6, (888 ASK USGS). Also available at: (http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.html)
VanCleave, J., Earth Science for Every Kid,
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
VanCleave, J., Earthquakes - Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects, Wiley, NY, 88 pp., 1993.
Van Rose, S., Earthquakes, Institute for Geological Sciences,
Wallace, R.E. (Editor), The San Andreas Fault
Ward, S.N., Synthetic quakes model for long-term prediction, Geotimes, July, 1992, 18-20, 1992.
Wesson, R.L. and R.E. Wallace, Predicting the next great
Woods, M.C., and W.R. Seiple (Eds.), The Northridge,
Wright, R.G., Earthquake!, Event-Based Science materials, Student Edition (02-201-49092-7, $5.95); Teacher's Guide with videotape (02-201-49417-5, $15); Classroom Package (One Teacher's Guide, one video, 15 student editions, 02-201-49414-0, $71.96). Order from Addison-Wesley, (800) 552-2259.
Yanev, P., Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country,
Yanev, P., Lessons learned from earthquakes worldwide and their implications for the mid-west, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, 22(5), 211+, 1990.
Yeats, R.S., K. Sieh and C.R. Allen, The Geology of Earthquakes, Oxford University Press, NY, 568 pp., 1997.
Ziony, J.I. (editor), Evaluating Earthquake Hazards in the Los Angeles Region - An Earth-Science Perspective, USGS Professional Paper 1360, 505 pp., 1985, ($24).
Zubrowski, B., Making Waves: Finding Out About
Rhythmic Motion, A
a. This Dynamic Planet, Simkin et al., 1994; 1:30,000,000 scale (1-888-ASK-USGS, $7 + $5 Shipping), http://pubs.usgs.gov/pdf/planet.html.
b. Central United Stated Earthquakes 1974-1991; 1:1,000,000 scale, 1992 Poster ($4.00)
c. World Seismicity Map, 1:30,000,000 scale ($3.10)
d. San Francisco Bay Area Earthquakes (1972-1989), 24" x 30" poster of epicenters on Landsat image ($4)
[Maps a., b., c., and d. available from: U.S. Geological Survey, Map Distribution, Federal Center, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225, (800) USA-MAPS, http://geology.usgs.gov/maps.html; orders of $500 or more receive a 50% discount, $4 shipping for all orders]
e. Earthquakes of the Conterminous
f. Earthquakes in
h. Earthquakes in
i. World Seismicity NEIC Poster ($12)
l. Circum-Pacific Seismic Potential, OFR89-85 ($12)
m. Earthquakes in
[Maps e. through m. available from: National Earthquake Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, Denver Federal Center, MS 967, Denver, CO 80225, (303) 273-8477; free shipping to U.S., $6 to international address, check must accompany order]
Geologic Hazards Slide Sets, Slide sets on earthquakes and other geologic hazards, Natl. Geophys. Data Center, 325 Broadway, E/GC1, Dept. 930, Boulder, CO 80303-3328, (303) 497-6277, (Slide sets on earthquake damage, earthquake effects of various historic events, etc., $30 each set, Geologic Hazards Photos, including earthquakes, on CD-Rom, $71).
EERI Slide Sets, More than 40
slide sets covering such topics as specific earthquakes and their impacts,
earthquake resistant design, seismicity,
un-reinforced masonry buildings, loss reduction measures, mitigation of
earthquake hazards, and others. Videotapes.
Publications catalog available. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute,
Slide sets from the American
Geophysical Union (AGU), SL4 - Future Earthquakes (40 slides, $30, from a
1989 presentation by W. Ellsworth, includes 1989 Loma Prieta
and 1906 San Francisco earthquakes); SL11 - Landers Earthquake Series (19
slides, $15, from a 1992 presentation by K. Hudnut);
SL13 - Earthquakes (Seismicity) (20 slides, $15, set
developed by K. Shedlock). Order from: AGU, Attn:
Planet Earth Series:
The Living Machine (1986, 60 min) - Plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes
Making of a Continent Series:
Land of the
The Price of
Gold (1983, 56 min) - Plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes along the
west coast of the
Collision Courses (1986, 60 min) - Continental collisions, plate tectonics.
NOVA Series (videotapes available, 800-255-9424, $19.95):
Earthquake (1990, 58 min) - 1906 San Francisco, 1989 Loma Prieta, and 1964 Anchorage earthquakes, San Andreas Fault, earthquake prediction.
(1994, 55 min) - 1994 Northridge earthquake and earthquake hazard in southern
The Day the
Earth Shook (1996, 55 min) - 1994
Infinite Voyage Series:
Living with Disaster (1989, 57 min) - Plane crashes, hurricanes, coastal processes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions.
Discovery Channel - Equinox Series:
Country (1987, 54 min) -
Discovery Channel, Assignment Discovery Series: (Broadcast periodically, Videotaping rights for one year for use in the classroom)
Living With Violent Earth: On Giant Continents We Drift (25 min) - Plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes.
Living with Violent Earth: We Live on Somewhat Shaky Ground (25 min) - Earthquakes, seismic waves, earthquake prediction.
Discovery Channel - Spirit of Survival Series:
Peril, (1990, 52 min) -
ABC World of Discovery Series Earthquakes:
Terrifying Truth (1994, 55 min) - CA and
The New Explorers:
Restless Earth (1993, 30 min) -
National Geographic Explorer:
When the Earth Quakes (1992, 30 min) - 1989 Loma Prieta, 1906 San Francisco Earthquakes, Parkfield experiment, earthquake building damage.
Earthquake (1995, 30 min) - 1995
Nature's Fury (1993, 120 min) - Includes segment from When the Earth Quakes.
of Fire (1988, 55 min) - Plate tectonics, causes of earthquakes, volcanoes,
Japanese earthquake preparedness drills,
Weather Channel Project Weather Series:
Earthquake Aftershock (1992, 22 min) - Safety and preparedness.
Earthquake II: You Can
Survive!, American Red Cross (1992, 22 min) - A puppet show production
emphasizing earthquake safety and minimizing earthquake risk through
preparation. Includes teachers guide. Also available in
Spanish. (Obtain from:
Aftershocks of the
The Walls Came
Tumbling Down: Earthquake History of the Holy Land (1994, 55 min) - (Obtain
from: Prof. Amos Nur, Dept. of Geophysics,
Movers and Shakers: An Earthquake
Preparedness Program (1991, 22 min) - (State Farm Insurance and CUSEC) -
Earthquake preparedness. (Available from: State Farm Insurance Companies,
Public Relations Dept., D-4,
Survival (Discovery Channel, 1990,
54 min) - Damage from disasters - fires, explosions, earthquakes, 1906
Earthquake: Video Images, D. Prose (1992, 53 min) - USGS Open-File Report
92-435. Earth Images Foundation,
Hidden Fury: The New Madrid Earthquake Zone, D.
Prose (1993, 27 min) - $39, V2257, Blue Sky Associates,
When the Bay Area Quakes (1991, 20 min) (Univ. of CA, Ext. Media Ctr, 2000 Center St., 4th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704) - Earthquake studies and effects in California, (510-642-0460), also, Blue Sky Assoc., $39, see information above.
Bay Area Earthquake Faults: The BASIX, D. Prose (1992, 8 min) - USGS Open-File Report 92-272, Mike Moore, USGS Library, Menlo Park, CA 94025, (415) 329-5009.
When the Earth Quakes (1990, 28
min) - National Geographic, 17th and M Streets, NW,
A&E Voyage Series:
Alert (1995, 55 min) - Southern California and 1995
Quakes (1999, 3 hrs) –
30 min.) – Earthquake causes, prediction, engineering;
Earth's Fury (1998, 55 min.) – Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, The Learning Channel.
Savage Earth (1998, 4 hrs) – Plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, PBS, http://www.pbs.org/.
Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics (1988, 20 min) – Continental drift and plate
tectonic concepts, plate reconstructions, plate boundaries, animations (send a check for $15 payable to the "Regents of the University of California", requesting the 1988 Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics video by Tanya Atwater, to: Rick Johnson, Instructional Consultation, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106).
Make Yourself a Promise - Earthquake Preparedness for Yourself and Your Community (FEMA, 27 min).
Surviving the Big One
(1992, 60 min) - Earthquake preparedness program from KCET,
Reducing Nonstructural Earthquake Damage - A Practical Guide for Schools (FEMA, 13 min).
Schools & Earthquakes - Building Schools to Withstand Earthquakes (FEMA, 14 min).
Videotapes available from
Center for Earthquake Studies,
Earthquake Risk in the Central United States, 9 minutes
How Earthquakes Affect Buildings, 12 minutes
Reducing Nonstructural Earthquake Damage (guide for schools), 14 minutes
Earthquakes and Schools (building schools to resist earthquakes), 17 minutes
Critical Time (school earthquake preparedness planning guidelines), 14 minutes
Yogi Bear, 5 minutes
Let's Be Ready: Earthquake Preparedness - produced by S.W. Bell, 22 minutes
An Ounce of
Prevention: Strengthening Your Wood Frame House for Earthquake Safety -
prepared by the California Office of Emergency Services and available at
Blockbuster Video in southern
EERI videotapes (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 499 14th, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1934: (510) 451-0905, (510) 451-5411 FAX).
Northridge Earthquake of January 17, 1994 (1994, 55 min., $45).
Loma Prieta Earthquake of October 1989 (1990, 57 min., $45).
Overview of Loma Prieta Earthquake of October 1989 (1990, 10 min., $15).
ABC News Interactive:Earthquake -
Interactive CD-Rom, Educ. Version, Mac/WIN, $69.95,
Earthquake Effects: A Computer
Animation and Paper Model - OFR92-200 ($3 for paper copy, OFR92-200A; $10
for computer disk, OFR92-200B), USGS, Books and Open-File Repts.
GeoMedia - (An Earth science educational system that uses multimedia technology to teach middle school students about the hydrologic cycle, earthquakes and maps), available from GeoMedia Educational Systems, U.S. Geological Survey, 801 National Center, Reston, VA 22092 (for Macintosh, CD ROM).
SeisVolE - epicenter plotting program (includes earthquake epicenter databases and
allows the user to display maps of historic epicenters, zoom in, print, etc. for any region;
SEISMIC WAVES program to illustrate how seismic waves propagate through the
Earth. Windows. http://www.geol.binghamton.edu/faculty/jones/.
GEODE CD-ROM - Earth Science, plate tectonics, earthquakes, Prentice-Hall, ISBN 0-13-516545-8 ($18.75), http://www.prenhall.com, Mac or Windows.
TASA PLATE TECTONICS CD-ROM - Plate tectonics, earthquakes, faults, ($59 for
$155 or site license), (800-293-2725) http://www.tasagraphicarts.com, Mac or Windows.
Averill, G.E., Build Your Own Seismograph: An Earth-Shaking, In-Class Project, The Science Teacher, 48-52, March, 1995.
Barker, G., Interfacing the Lehman seismograph with an Apple computer, J. Geological Education, v. 35, 126-129, 1987.
Bonnet, R.L., and G.D. Keen, Earth Science - 49 Science Fair Projects, Tab Books, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, 1990.
Gerencher, J.J., Jr., and R.F. Jackson, Classroom Utilization of a Multi-Axis Lehman Seismograph System, J. Geological Education, v. 39, 306-310, 1991.
Isenberg, C., J. Miasik,
Kroll, R., Construction modifications of the Lehman seismograph, J. Geological Education, v. 35, 124-125, 1987.
Lehman, J.D., Practical seismograph tracks tremors, The Science Teacher, v. 44, no. 8, 43-45, 1977.
Mims, F.M., III., Science Notebook: A Simple Seismometer, Science Probe, 81-82, July, 1991.
Mims, F.M., Engineer's Mini-Notebook, Science Projects, Radio Shack Cat. No. 276-5018A, 1994.
Seismograph Model, available from Science Kit and Boreal Laboratories, (800-828-7777), $24.50.
Walker, J., The Amateur Scientist: How to Build a Simple Seismograph to Record Earthquake Waves at Home, Scientific American, v. 241(1), 152-161, July, 1979.
Earthscope Seismograph (a short period seismograph that can be connected to a windows computer; Kinemetrics Incorporated, http://www.kmidirect.com, $495).
Pitsco Epicenter Earthquake Simulator ($695) – Test model buildings with an
earthquake vibration simulator, http://www.shop-pitsco.com, (800-358-4983).
Low-G Accelerometer (a low-g, up to ± 5g, accelerometer [$98], can be connected to a
microcomputer using an interface box [Serial Box Interface, $104] and data logger
software [$50] for various vibration, including seismological, experiments, Vernier
Public Seismic Network (information about seismographs and amateur seismology,
internet/www at http://psn.quake.net/).
AS-1 and AS-2 Seismographs (The
see review in Earth magazine, p. 66, December, 1995).
QED (Quick Epicenter Determination),
Geophysics of North America for plotting geophysical data, including earthquake epicenters - available from National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, Boulder, CO 80303 (IBM/PC, hard disk, CD-ROM reader).
EPIC retrieval software for global hypocenter data (on CD-ROM) - available from U.S. Geological Survey, NEIC, Denver Federal Center, Box 25046, MS 967, Denver CO 80225-0046 (IBM/PC, hard disk, CD-ROM reader).
Geologic Hazard Photos CD-ROM - Earthquake and Volcano photos from the NGDC
slide archives on a 2-CDs. Images are in 24-bit TIF and 8-bix PCX format; MS
Windows software for PCX format provided. (Product No. 1115-A27-001; $71) National Geophysical
QUAKELINE bibliographic database containing references to literature on earthquake engineering and natural hazards accessible through telnet, gopher and modem connections. For information on access, contact Information Service, National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, State University of New York at Buffalo, Science and Engineering library, 304 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-2200, (716) 645-3377, E-mail: email@example.com.
Earthquake Information Line - voice recording, updated twice daily by the National Earthquake Information Center, of current, world-wide earthquake data listing information on earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 or greater and/or earthquakes that have been felt or have caused damage, (303) 273-8516.
Internet access - Internet/www URLs for earthquake information (many additional seismology-related addresses can be accessed from these URLs):
(Seismological Society of
(USGS Learning Web)
(Live internet Seismic Server, Albuquerque Seismo. Lab., USGS)
(Cal State Los Angeles, virtual earthquake interactive earthquake location simulation)
(Earthquake Engineering Research Institute)
(Strong motion seismograms, view accelerograms online, click on
(California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering – View video
clips of shaking of wood frame house, order videotape: “Earthquake Hazard
Mitigation of Woodframe Construction”; poster: “Earthquake Engineering in
the 20th Century”)
(Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology -- Seismic Monitor, Event Search, WILBER seismogram plotting, Education information)
For "first-time-users" of seismological resources, the following materials are suggested to get started:
Books/Publications: Bolt, B.A., Earthquakes; Earthquakes and Geological Discovery
NSTA/FEMA, Tremor Troop - Earthquakes: A Teacher's Guide for K-
FEMA/AGU, Seismic Sleuths
(article and map).
USGS Teacher’s Packet
Wright, R.G., Earthquake!, Event-Based Science materials
USGS, This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
Maps: Simkin, T., and others, This Dynamic Planet; NEIC, Earthquakes of the
Videotapes: NOVA: Earthquake, Killer Quake, The Day the Earth Shook; Earthquake
II: You Can Survive!; Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics
Software: SeisVolE epicenter plotting program; SEISMIC WAVES program
Internet: Seismic Monitor, Event Search and WILBER at http://www.iris.edu/, http://www.neic.cr.usgs.gov/, http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/, http://neic.usgs.gov, Virtual earthquake at http://vcourseware3.calstatela.edu/, http://www.geophys.washington.edu/seismosurfing.html, Near-real time seismic data online, LISS – http://aslwww.cr.usgs.gov/Seismic_Data, PEPP – http://lasker.princeton.edu/pepp.shtml, Earthquake and plate tectonics activities – http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~braile.
Copies of these materials are available from a variety of sources. Books and other reference information may be obtained through bookstores or in public or university libraries. Sources of some of the materials are listed individually in the brochure. Many of the Videotapes may be purchased through videotape distributors or obtained on loan from public or educational consortium libraries. Additional copies of this brochure can be obtained from the Seismological Society of America (SSA). However, the SSA does not distribute the materials listed in this brochure.
Suggestions, comments and additions are welcome. Please send to:
Lawrence W. Braile
Department of Earth and
(765) 494-5979, FAX: (765) 496-1210
Home Page: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~braile
Last Document Update: September 2005.
Last Update: September 2000Author: L.W. Braile, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~braile/