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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:

Reference List

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 Next New Madrid Earthquake: A Survival Guide for the Midwest, SIU Press, Carbondale, 1989.

Bertero, V.V. (Ed.), Lessons Learned from the 1985 Mexico Earthquake, 264 pp., 1989, $15. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 499 14th Street, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1902, (510) 451-0905.

Bolt, B.A., Inside the Earth, W.H. Freeman & Company, San Francisco, 191 pp., 1982.

Bolt, B.A., Earthquakes, (4th edition), W.H. Freeman & Company, New York, 366 pp., 1999.

Bolt, B.A., Earthquakes and Geological Discovery, Scientific American Library, W.H. Freeman, New York, 229 pp., 1993.

Bolt, B.A., W.L. Horn, G.A. Macdonald, R.F. Scott, Geological Hazards: Earthquakes-Tsunamis-Volcanoes-Avalanches-Landslides-Floods, (2nd ed.), Springer-Verlag, NY, 330 pp., 1977.

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 America's Great Earthquake and Fire: San Francisco, April 18, 1906, Chronicle Books, 275 5th St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 192 pp., 1986, ($14.95).

Brumbaugh, D.S., Earthquakes: Science and Society, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River,

NJ, 251 pp., 1999.

Bryant, E.A., Natural Hazards, Cambridge Univ. Press, 294 pp., 1991.

Calhoun, F., Earthquake Survival Guide, Magnet Press, Berkeley, CA, 1991.

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, Sacramento, CA, 1982.

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 Hazards, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 174 pp., 1994.

Christman, 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 (1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1079; 614/292-7784), 1980.

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 Valdez, Alaska, U.S. Geol. Surv. Prof. Pap. 542-C, 36 p., 1966.

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

York, 40 pp., 1987.


Cook, N., (developed by Washington MESA), Measuring Earthquakes: Real-World

Mathematics Through Science, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company., Menlo Park, CA,

87 pp., 1994.

Deery, R., Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Good Apple, Carthage, Illinois, 42 pp., 1985.

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.

Doyle, H., Seismology, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, U.K., 218 pp., 1995.

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 Data Center, NOAA, Code E/GC1, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80303, (303) 497-6084.

Earth Anatomy poster, Tufts University, Wright Center for Science Education, write on

school letterhead:  Wright Center, Dept. W., Sci. & Tech. Center, Tufts Univ., Medford,

MA 02155.

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, Oakland, CA, 57 pp., 1996.

Ernst, W.G., The Dynamic Planet, Columbia University Press, New York, 281 pp., 1990.

FEMA Earthquake Hazards Reduction Series Publications (List available from: Federal Emergency Management Agency, PO Box 70274, Washington, DC 20024).

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, Washington, DC. Describes the technique of rapid visual screening of buildings for potential seismic hazard.

FEMA, Seismic Considerations: Elementary and Secondary Schools, FEMA-149, revised 1990, 102 pages, prepared by the Building Seismic Safety Council, Washington, DC.

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, PO Box 70274, Washington, DC 20024).

Fowler, C.M.R., The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1990.

Fuller, M.L., The New Madrid Earthquake: A Scientific Factual Field Account, U.S. Geological Survey, Govt. Printing Office, Washington, Bulletin 494, (reprinted) 1990.

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".).

Gore, R., California Earthquakes, National Geographic, v. 187, no. 4, p. 2-37, April, 1995. (Includes color seismicity maps of world and west coast of the U.S.).

Gubbins, D., Seismology and Plate Tectonics, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1990.

Hamilton, R.M., Quakes Along the Mississippi, National History, v. 89, 70-75, 1980.

Hamilton, R.M. and A.C. Johnston (Eds.), Tecumseh's Prophecy: Preparing for the Next New Madrid Earthquake, U.S. Geol. Surv. Circ. 1066, 30 pp., 1990.

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., Belmont, CA, 167-179, 1992.

Hays, W.W., Procedures for Estimating Earthquake Ground Motions, U.S. Geol. Surv. Prof. Pap. 1114, 77 pp., 1980.

Hennet, C.B., and L.W. Braile, Exploring the Earth Using Seismology, color poster, 1999, obtain from IRIS (

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., Menlo Park, CA, 1974.

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., An earthquake strength scale for the media and the public, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, v. 22, 214-216, 1990.

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.

Johnston, A.C., The Rift, the River and the Earthquake: The Story of the New Madrid Fault Zone, Earth, Premier Issue, January 1992.

Jones, L.M., Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country, Southern California Earthquake Center, 30 pp., 1995 (also available on the Internet at:

Kanamori, H., Magnitude scale and quantification of earthquakes, Tectonophysics, v. 93, 185-199, 1983.

Kearey, P. and M. Brooks, An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration, 2nd edition, Blackwell Sci., London, 254 pp., 1991. (Chapters 3-5 on seismic exploration methods.)

Kearey, P. and F.J. Vine, Global Tectonics, 2nd  edition, Blackwell Sci., London, 333 pp., 1996.

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, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 178 pp., 1990.

Lagorio, H.J., Earthquakes, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1990.

Lay, T., Structure and Fate of Subducting Slabs, Academic Press, San Diego, 185 pp., 1994.

Levy, M., and M. Salvadori, Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail, W.W. Norton, New York, 314 pp., 1992.

Levy, M. and M. Salvadori, Why the Earth Quakes, W.W. Norton, New York, 215 pp.,


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.

Matthys, L. and S. Mario, Why Buildings Fall Down, W.W. Norton & Co., New York and London, 1992.

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 Hazards, Wiley, New York, 300 pp., 1997.

Myles, D., The Great Waves: Tsunami, McGraw-Hill, New York, 194 pp., 1985.

National Academy of Sciences, Liquefaction of Soils During Earthquakes, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1985.

National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER) Information Service, Information on Earthquake Safety in Schools, 1992. (State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 14261). A list of publications, videos, and places to order information on earthquake safety in schools.

National Geographic Society, Our Violent Earth, Washington, DC, 1982.

National Research Council, Panel on Regional Networks, Assessing the Nation's Earthquakes, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1990.

National Science Teachers Association, Earthquakes: A teacher's package for K-6 grades, NSTA Publications, Washington, DC, 169 pp., 1990. (This book contains a reasonably complete curriculum for teaching earthquakes and related Earth science topics; FEMA 159, for free copy, write on school letterhead to: FEMA, PO Box 70274, Washington, DC 20024).

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, AGU, Wash. DC, 163 pp., 1996.

Olson, R.S., B. Podesta and J.M. Nigg, The Politics of Earthquake Prediction, Princeton Univ. Press., 1989.

Oosterman, M.A. and M.T. Schmidt (Eds.), Earth Science Investigations, Amer. Geol. Institute, Alexandria, 231 pp., 1990.

Penick, J.L., Jr., The New Madrid Earthquake, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, (revised edition), 176 pp., 1981.

Peterson, I., Liquid Sand, Science News, October 12, 1985.

Pinter, N., Exercises in Active Tectonics: An Introduction to Earthquakes and Tectonic Geomorphology, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 166 pp., 1996.

Pitak, W.J., Natural Hazard Risk Assessment and Public Policy: Anticipating the Unexpected, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1982.

Plafker, G. and J.P. Galloway (Eds.), Lessons Learned from the Loma Prieta Earthquake of October 17, 1989,U .S. Geol. Surv. Circ. 1045, Denver, CO, 1989. (Excellent photographs, maps, and illustrations.)

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, New York, 562 pp., 1988. (Chapters 3-6 on seismic exploration methods.)

Robinson, A., Earth Shock - Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, and Other Forces of Nature, Thames and Hudson, London, 304 pp., 1993.

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 Architects, Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 143 pp., 1990.

Saucier, R.T., Geoarcheological evidence of strong prehistoric earthquakes in the New Madrid (Missouri) Seismic Zone, Geology, v. 19, 296-298, 1991.

Scherbaum, F., Basic Concepts in Digital Signal Processing for Seismologists, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 158 pp., 1994.

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, PO Box 1393, Bellingham, WA 98227, (206-733-5024).

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),

Sharp, R., Field Guide: Geology of Southern California, Kendall/Hunt, 1994.

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), Cambridge, New York, 450 pp., 1995.

Simkin, T., J.D. Unger, R.I. Tilling, P.R. Vogt, and H. Spall, This Dynamic Planet –

World Map of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Impact Craters, and Plate Tectonics,

Smithsonian Institution and U.S. Geological Survey, 1994. (1-888-ASK-USGS,

Simon, R.B., Earthquake Interpretations: A Manual for Reading Seismograms, W. Kaufmann, Inc., Los Altos, CA, 150 pp., 1981.

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.

Snider, F.G., Eastern U.S. Earthquakes: Assessing the Hazard, Geotimes, v. 35(11), 13-15, 1990.

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 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).

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.)

Tarbuck, E.J., F.K. Lutgens, and K.G. Pinzke, Applications & Investigations in Earth Science (2nd Ed.), Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 313 pp., 1997.

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: (

VanCleave, J., Earth Science for Every Kid, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 231 pp., 1991.

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, Geological Museum, London, England, published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 37 p., 1983.

Wallace, R.E. (Editor), The San Andreas Fault System, California, U.S. Geol. Surv. Prof. Pap. 1515, U.S. Govt. Printing Office, Washington, DC, 283 pp., 1990.

Walker, B., Earthquake, Time-Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia, 1982.

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 earthquake in California, Scientific American, 252, 35-43, 1985.

Woods, M.C., and W.R. Seiple (Eds.), The Northridge, California, Earthquake of 17 January 1994, Special Publ. 116, California Div. Mines and Geology, 1995 ($25, (916) 445-5176).

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, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1990.

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 Boston Children's Museum Activity Book, Beech Tree, New York, 96 pp., 1994.

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a. This Dynamic Planet, Simkin et al., 1994; 1:30,000,000 scale (1-888-ASK-USGS, $7 + $5 Shipping),

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,; orders of $500 or more receive a 50% discount, $4 shipping for all orders]

e. Earthquakes of the Conterminous U.S., OFR92-327 ($12)

f. Earthquakes in California and Nevada, OFR94-647 ($12)

g. Seismicity of Hawaii, OFR88-285 ($12)

h. Earthquakes in Utah, OFR91-128 ($12)

i. World Seismicity NEIC Poster ($12)

j. Seismicity of Alaska, OFR89-98 ($12)

k. Southern California Earthquakes, OFR92-533 ($12)

l. Circum-Pacific Seismic Potential, OFR89-85 ($12)

m. Earthquakes in Washington and Oregon, OFR94-226A ($12)

[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]

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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, 499 14th St., Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1902, (510) 451-0905, (510) 451-5411 (FAX).

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: Orders, 2000 Florida Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009, (800) 966-2481, shipping and handling $3.

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Planet Earth Series:

The Living Machine (1986, 60 min) - Plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes

Making of a Continent Series:

Land of the Sleeping Mountains (1983, 58 min) - Volcanic areas of the western US.

The Price of Gold (1983, 56 min) - Plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes along the west coast of the US.

Collision Courses (1986, 60 min) - Continental collisions, plate tectonics.

The Great River (1986, 55 min) - Includes discussion of  New Madrid Seismic Zone and 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.

Killer Quake (1994, 55 min) - 1994 Northridge earthquake and earthquake hazard in southern California.

The Day the Earth Shook (1996, 55 min) - 1994 Northridge, CA and 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquakes.

Infinite Voyage Series:

Living with Disaster (1989, 57 min) - Plane crashes, hurricanes, coastal processes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions.

Discovery Channel - Equinox Series:

Earthquake Country (1987, 54 min) - San Andreas Fault, predicting earthquakes, Parkfield project, earthquake engineering.

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:

Alaska Earthquake! (1990, 28 min) - 1964 Great Alaska earthquake

Cities in Peril, (1990, 52 min) - Mexico City earthquake, 1985, 1933 Long Beach earthquake

ABC World of Discovery Series Earthquakes:

The Terrifying Truth (1994, 55 min) - CA and Japan, hazards and damage.

The New Explorers:

The Restless Earth (1993, 30 min) - California earthquakes, earthquake monitoring equipment, paleoseismology, and earthquake prediction studies.

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 Kobe, Japan earthquake.

Nature's Fury (1993, 120 min) - Includes segment from When the Earth Quakes.

National Geographic:

Born of Fire (1988, 55 min) - Plate tectonics, causes of earthquakes, volcanoes, Japanese earthquake preparedness drills, San Andreas fault, paleoseismology.


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: Knox County Chapter, American Red Cross, 214 Buntin St., Vincennes, IN 47591, (812) 882-2204, $49.95).

Aftershocks of the Loma Prieta, California Earthquake: Computer Animations (Klein, F.W. et al., USGS Open File Report 89-669).

The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Earthquake History of the Holy Land (1994, 55 min) - (Obtain from: Prof. Amos Nur, Dept. of Geophysics, Stanford, CA 94305, $40).

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, One State Farm Plaza, Bloomington, IL 61710-0001).

Survival (Discovery Channel, 1990, 54 min) - Damage from disasters - fires, explosions, earthquakes, 1906 San Francisco and 1985 Mexico City earthquakes.

Loma Prieta Earthquake: Video Images, D. Prose (1992, 53 min) - USGS Open-File Report 92-435. Earth Images Foundation, 777 Craigmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94708, (510) 526-0891.

Hidden Fury:  The New Madrid Earthquake Zone, D. Prose (1993, 27 min) - $39, V2257, Blue Sky Associates, 920 Seventh Ave., Grafton, WI  53024, (414-377-1398).

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, Washington, DC 20036, (800) 368-2728.

A&E Voyage Series:

Earthquake Alert (1995, 55 min) - Southern California and 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquakes.


Great Quakes (1999, 3 hrs) – Kobe, Northridge and other earthquakes, The Learning Channel.


Earthquake (1996, 30 min.) – Earthquake causes, prediction, engineering; Kobe earthquake; UltraScience – The Learning Channel.


Earth's Fury (1998, 55 min.) – Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, The Learning Channel.


Savage Earth (1998, 4 hrs) – Plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, PBS,


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, Los Angeles, CA.


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, Southeast Missouri State University, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799 (send blank videotape and $2 for postage and handling):

Earthquake Risk in the Central United States, 9 minutes

Earthquakes in Mexico (health care response), 24 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 California.

EERI videotapes (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 499 14th, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1934: (510) 451-0905, (510) 451-5411 FAX).

Kobe, Japan Earthquake of January 17, 1995 (1995, 45 min., $45).

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).

Armenia Earthquake of December 1988 (1989, 60 min., $40).

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Computer Hardware/Software

ABC News Interactive:Earthquake - Interactive CD-Rom, Educ. Version, Mac/WIN, $69.95, Cambridge Sci., (800) 468-4227.

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. Sect., PO Box 25425, Denver, CO 80225. (Mac).

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).

Protrait USA CD-ROM - an interactive CD-ROM which can display landforms, earthquake epicenters and geographical information, DOS, $89.95 ($59.95 for members of AGI societies, teachers, students), available from American Geological Institute, (301) 953-1744.

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.


GEODE CD-ROM - Earth Science, plate tectonics, earthquakes, Prentice-Hall, ISBN 0-13-516545-8 ($18.75),, Mac or Windows.

TASA PLATE TECTONICS CD-ROM - Plate tectonics, earthquakes, faults, ($59 for

$155 or site license), (800-293-2725), Mac or Windows.

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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, S. Mesure, and J. Hoyland, Detecting earthquakes - Part 2, Physics Education, v. 18, no. 2, 64-67, 1983.

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,, $495).


Pitsco Epicenter Earthquake Simulator ($695) – Test model buildings with an

earthquake vibration simulator,, (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

Software, 8565 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR  97225-2429, (503) 297-



Public Seismic Network (information about seismographs and amateur seismology,

internet/www at


AS-1 and AS-2 Seismographs (The Amateur Seismologist, 2155 Verdugo Blvd., #528,

Montrose, CA  91020; $450 with 24 page manual and Quake software to connect to PC,

see review in Earth magazine, p. 66, December, 1995).

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QED (Quick Epicenter Determination), U.S. Geological Survey, Natl. Earthquake Inform. Center - current listings and historical searches of epicenters from modem (800-358-2663) or through the Internet by: telnet (userid = QED).

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 Data Center, NOAA E/GC4 Dept. 961, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80303 (303-497-6826).

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:

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):

  (Univ. of Arizona)

   (Univ. of Washington; links to many other seismology sites)

   (National Earthquake Information Center, various seismicity maps)

   (Seismological Society of America)

   (U.S. Geological Survey)

   (USGS Learning Web)

   (U.S. Geological Survey)

 (Live internet Seismic Server, Albuquerque Seismo. Lab., USGS)

   (Northern California Earthquake Data Center)

   (Univ. of California, Berkeley)

 (Southern California Earthquake Center)

   (Princeton Earth Physics Project)

 (Cal State Los Angeles, virtual earthquake interactive earthquake location simulation)

 (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute)

 (Earthquake Engineering Research Center of the Univ. of California, Berkeley)

   (National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research)

   (Univ. of Michigan Seismograph Program)

   (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-

            6 Grades

                              FEMA/AGU, Seismic Sleuths

                              Gore, R., California Earthquakes, National Geographic, April, 1995

                                    (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

                        Conterminous U.S.

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,,,, Virtual earthquake at,, Near-real time seismic data online, LISS –, PEPP –, Earthquake and plate tectonics activities –

Seismographs: AS-1 Seismograph, The Amateur Seismologist,; Public Seismic Network,; low-g accelerometer and interface,


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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:

Prof. Lawrence W. Braile
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Purdue University
, 550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

(765) 494-5979, FAX: (765) 496-1210

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