Fault Rupture Model of the Loma Prieta Earthquake

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Link to Resource: http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/html/k-6/pt/earthquakes/6/pte6_3a.html
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Language:English
Organization:United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Publication Date:1989
Summary:On October 17, 1989, a Magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred south of San Francisco, California. The resulting disaster was not the largest in the history of the United States, in terms of either money or lives. In this Post Lab, students will construct a paper model of the 1989 fault rupture. This model will help students visualize the process of fault movement during the earthquakes. By examining this model they can better visualize the complexity of faulting during an earthquake. This paper model is from U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report (89-640 B) by T. R. Alpha, J. C. Lahr, and L. F. Wagner. The version below includes the model and instructions; the Report also includes background information. 
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS2-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns
Subjects: activities; california; earthquake; history; model; natural hazards; plate tectonics; usgs
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