Texas Educational Seismic Project

OUR VISION
Texas Educational Seismic Project (TX-ESP) promotes inquiry-based learning and investigative methods in earth sciences for K-12 classrooms.

OUR MISSION
TX-ESP augments Texas teacher’s 5E lesson plans with inquiry-based learning methods. TX-ESP’s goal is to expand linear problem solving skills of the K-12 student towards an enhanced creative analysis and assessment skillset. TX-ESP uses seismology as a stimulating teaching tool to accomplish this goal. The program aligns with TEKS requirements by teaching students about seismology and

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Timeline Photos 09/15/2021

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Learn how @Olay is driving change through #mentoring #WomenInSTEM at the @MillionWMentors @Olay #FacetheSTEMGap Role Model Event. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from female leaders in STEM and for female high school students to win $500 towards their #STEM education

09/13/2021
09/08/2021

HAPPENING NOW - MEXICO a **very strong** preliminary magnitude M7.0 earthquake has occurred near Acapulco, Mexico. Additional geohazards such as landslides, liquefaction and fires are possible.

Shown is how the ground moved here in Spring, TX after this earthquake. Image is from IRIS Station E1TX on an EQ1 educational seismograph:

HAPPENING NOW - MEXICO a **very strong** preliminary magnitude M7.0 earthquake has occurred near Acapulco, Mexico. Additional geohazards such as landslides, liquefaction and fires are possible.

Shown is how the ground moved here in Spring, TX after this earthquake. Image is from IRIS Station E1TX on an EQ1 educational seismograph:

08/14/2021

This is bad. Very very bad.

HAITI - a preliminary magnitude M7.2 earthquake occurred at 12:29 hrs UTC this morning near Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti. Expect reports of damages and injuries to be forthcoming.

Screenshot of recording from an EQ1 educational seismograph at IRIS Station E1TX in Spring, Texas.

This is bad. Very very bad.

HAITI - a preliminary magnitude M7.2 earthquake occurred at 12:29 hrs UTC this morning near Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti. Expect reports of damages and injuries to be forthcoming.

Screenshot of recording from an EQ1 educational seismograph at IRIS Station E1TX in Spring, Texas.

Photos from Texas Educational Seismic Project's post 07/30/2021

PERU - A possible **related** main shock? occurred near Sullana, Peru today at 17:10 UTC. Today's preliminary magnitude M6.1 earthquake (shown, blue) is ~500km North and many times stronger than yesterday's M5.8 earthquake (shown, yellow). Shown is (1) a map of the epicenter locations of quakes with M>2.5 occurring near NW Peru, and (2) seismograms from both events recorded in Spring, TX by Raspberry Shake Station R5DDF.

07/29/2021

ALASKA - a very dangerous preliminary magnitude M8.2 earthquake occurred near Perryville, AK last night 07/29/2021 at 06:15hrs UTC. A tsunami was generated by this event, but no longer poses a threat. From the US Tsunami Warning System, the updated information is:

* Some areas may continue to see small sea level changes.

* The determination to re-occupy hazard zones must be made
by local officials.

This event was recorded here in Spring, TX on an EQ1 educational seismograph (IRIS Station E1TX):

ALASKA - a very dangerous preliminary magnitude M8.2 earthquake occurred near Perryville, AK last night 07/29/2021 at 06:15hrs UTC. A tsunami was generated by this event, but no longer poses a threat. From the US Tsunami Warning System, the updated information is:

* Some areas may continue to see small sea level changes.

* The determination to re-occupy hazard zones must be made
by local officials.

This event was recorded here in Spring, TX on an EQ1 educational seismograph (IRIS Station E1TX):

07/26/2021

DYFI?? MEXICO - A moderate earthquake with preliminary magnitude M5.4 earthquake occurred near La Rivera, Mexico at 03:38 UTC (10:30pm local time). No reports of damages as of 07/25/2021 22:30hrs UTC.
#raspishake, #weston_quakes, #mexico, #earthquake

DYFI?? MEXICO - A moderate earthquake with preliminary magnitude M5.4 earthquake occurred near La Rivera, Mexico at 03:38 UTC (10:30pm local time). No reports of damages as of 07/25/2021 22:30hrs UTC.
#raspishake, #weston_quakes, #mexico, #earthquake

Photos from Texas Educational Seismic Project's post 07/22/2021

NICARAGUA - Coming on the heels of the large earthquake near Panama, a preliminary magnitude M5.3 earthquake has occurred near Masachapa, Nicaragua at 01:28 hrs UTC. This event was recorded in Spring, TX on a Raspberry Shake seismograph Station R5DDF; the seismogram has a LP 0.5 Hz filter applied. #raspishake, #Nicaragua, #earthquake, #Weston_Quakes

Photos from Texas Educational Seismic Project's post 07/22/2021

PANAMA - a VERY large preliminary magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurred a few hours ago near Punta de Burica, Panama at 21:15hrs UTC. The image shown is a screenshot of the event of how the seismic waves moved the rocks **under** my garage, in Spring TX, USA. Recorded on an EQ1 educational seismograph by IRIS Station E1TX. #IRIS, #raspishake, #earthquake, #panama

07/09/2021

beautiful seismogram recorded in Houston, TX on a Raspberry Shake seismograph (RS Station R5DDF), a LP 0.2 Hz filter has been applied

beautiful seismogram recorded in Houston, TX on a Raspberry Shake seismograph (RS Station R5DDF), a LP 0.2 Hz filter has been applied

Timeline Photos 06/29/2021

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"It’s very difficult to move molten magma through solid rock without making some sort of “noise” or vibration that isn’t picked up by seismometers. So we often “hear” magma coming before it erupts as lava at the surface." from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

http://ow.ly/Ae6L50Fixqr

If You Say ‘Science Is Right,’ You’re Wrong 06/23/2021

If You Say ‘Science Is Right,’ You’re Wrong

Excellent article...

"Science is a process of learning and discovery, and sometimes we learn that what we thought was right is wrong."

If You Say ‘Science Is Right,’ You’re Wrong It can’t supply absolute truths about the world, but it brings us steadily closer

06/19/2021
Timeline Photos 06/19/2021

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Earthquakes can:

- generate tsunamis,
- cause liquefaction when water-saturated soils lose strength and act as fluids during earthquake shaking,
- and occur with volcanic eruptions, such as when Mt. St. Helens erupted in May 1980.

https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/sequences/tsunamis__other_related_hazards

Home Page - AAAS - DoSER 06/15/2021

Home Page - AAAS - DoSER

interesting dialogue today at AAAS' virtual symposium "Forward Together: Where Science, Ethics, & Religion Intersect in a Changing World". >>> https://sciencereligiondialogue.org/

My Question: Children are great bridge-builders.... and, in my experience, 'much easier for Scientists to engage children in religious settings (such as Vacation Bible School in the Christian faith)... however, what are your ideas of how faith-based persons can engage students in public school?? The separation of Church and State makes that difficult.

Home Page - AAAS - DoSER The AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program is a uniquely credible forum for robust scientific engagement with a wide range of religious publics.

HUGE LAVA FALLS - BEST SPACTACLE ON EARTH RIGHT NOW - Iceland Volcano Eruption - June 10, 2021 06/11/2021

HUGE LAVA FALLS - BEST SPACTACLE ON EARTH RIGHT NOW - Iceland Volcano Eruption - June 10, 2021

O.M.Gosh! you MUST watch this cascade of lava waterfalls blowing up at 5:40 mins into the video - WOWZERS!!!! This is incredible! WOW - this is **new** Earth being created in front of our eyes.....I'm speechless at Earth's great power to create and transform a landscape. SO AMAZING! I mean..... new Earth cascading down the valley like waterfalls.... geez Louise! Oh my goodness - simply stunning and we get to watch it happen LIVE! This is beyond incredulous!

HUGE LAVA FALLS - BEST SPACTACLE ON EARTH RIGHT NOW - Iceland Volcano Eruption - June 10, 2021 🔥 HUGE LAVA FALLS - BEST SPACTACLE ON EARTH RIGHT NOW !!! - A New Huge Lava Eruption in Iceland. Geldingadalur Volcano Eruption 2021 May. More vents has joi...

Timeline Photos 06/11/2021

The neat thing about seismometers is that they detect all sorts of amazing things, from earthquakes and explosions to thunder and rain to washing machines and trains!

Seismometers detect far more than earthquakes - in fact, they can detect just about anything that shakes the ground!

This new blog post from IRIS, Raspberry Shake and Euro-Med Seismological Centre (EMSC) shows interesting things captured on seismometers around the world! #WhatsTheWiggle

https://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/epo/life_of_a_seismologist/its_instrumental/whatsthewiggle

Photos from Texas Educational Seismic Project's post 06/11/2021

JUST NOW - COSTA RICA a preliminary magnitude M5.7 earthquake occurred offshore on 10-06-2021 at 23:27hrs UTC. There are no reports of damages at this time. The event was recorded on an EQ1 and a Raspberry Shake seismograph in Spring, TX.

Photos from Texas Educational Seismic Project's post 06/04/2021

HAPPENING NOW - OREGON: TWO preliminary magnitude M5.9 #earthquakes are occurring offshore #Oregon right now - see the screenshot of the 2 events rolling across Texas right now. The eq's began on 04-06-2021 at 07:52 and 08:17 UTC. Image is from #IRIS station #E1TX.

Photos from Texas Educational Seismic Project's post 05/31/2021

HAPPENING NOW - a large magnitude M6.1 earthquake just occurred near Chickaloon, Alaska. The event was so large, it shook the ground here in Spring, TX (see below). #E1TX, #IRIS

Federal Communications Commission 05/26/2021

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Communications Commission

Timeline Photos 05/22/2021

What is a Geophysicist?

What is a geophysicist?

A geophysicist studies the Earth using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods. Some geophysicists spend their time outdoors while others spend most of their time indoors using computers for modeling and calculations.

http://ow.ly/Ybo350EOrCJ

05/21/2021

M 7.3 - Southern Qinghai, China
2021-05-21 18:04:13 (UTC)
34.586°N 98.255°E, 10.0 km depth

Raspberry Shake seismogram recorded in Spring, TX:

M 7.3 - Southern Qinghai, China
2021-05-21 18:04:13 (UTC)
34.586°N 98.255°E, 10.0 km depth

Raspberry Shake seismogram recorded in Spring, TX:

M6.6 Earthquake in indonesia 05/14/2021

M6.6 Earthquake in indonesia

A LARGE magnitude M6.6 earthquake happened overnight at 06:33hrs UTC. The epicenter was offshore, but had a shallow depth of 10km and was felt on land. Small chance of liquefaction from the shaking. The event was so strong, it was detected here in Spring, TX by #irisstation #E1TX and #raspberryshake station R5DDF. THe image below was recorded on an EQ1 seismometer.

https://txesp.wordpress.com/2021/05/14/m6-6-earthquake-in-indonesia/

M6.6 Earthquake in indonesia A LARGE magnitude M6.6 earthquake happened overnight at 06:33hrs UTC. The epicenter was offshore, but had a shallow depth of 10km and was felt on land. Small chance of liquefaction from the shaking…

Offshore El Salvador 05/12/2021

Offshore El Salvador

Offshore #ElSalvador experienced a magnitude M5.9 #earthquake today at 08:45hrs UTC. The event was detected by two seismometers here in #Spring, TX by #irisstation #E1TX and #raspberryshake station R5DDF. A comparison of the two seismograms is shown below; a bandpass filter of 0.2 to 1.2 Hz has been applied.

https://txesp.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/offshore-el-salvador/

Offshore El Salvador Offshore #ElSalvador experienced a magnitude M5.9 #earthquake today at 08:45hrs UTC. The event was detected by two seismometers here in #Spring, TX by #irisstation #E1TX and #raspberryshake station…

05/12/2021

Offshore #ElSalvador experienced a magnitude M5.9 #earthquake today at 08:45hrs UTC. The event was detected by two seismometers here in #Spring, TX by #irisstation #E1TX and #raspberryshake station R5DDF. A comparison of the two seismograms is shown below; a bandpass filter of 0.2 to 1.2 Hz has been applied.

Offshore #ElSalvador experienced a magnitude M5.9 #earthquake today at 08:45hrs UTC. The event was detected by two seismometers here in #Spring, TX by #irisstation #E1TX and #raspberryshake station R5DDF. A comparison of the two seismograms is shown below; a bandpass filter of 0.2 to 1.2 Hz has been applied.

How Lidar Works in Earth and Environmental Sciences 05/09/2021

How Lidar Works in Earth and Environmental Sciences

How Lidar Works in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Timeline Photos 05/05/2021

Timeline Photos

ShakeAlert® (https://www.shakealert.org/​) is an earthquake early warning (EEW) system that detects significant earthquakes so quickly that alerts can reach many people before shaking arrives. ShakeAlert is not earthquake prediction, rather a ShakeAlert message indicates that an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent.

Starting today, ShakeAlert is available in Washington State!

https://youtu.be/bq7eQ6kBgxA

Earthquake Alerts Go Live in the Pacific Northwest - Eos 05/05/2021

Earthquake Alerts Go Live in the Pacific Northwest - Eos

Earthquake Alerts Go Live in the Pacific Northwest - Eos Oregon and Washington residents will receive an alert on their cell phones if they are in danger from an incoming quake.

Women in Geoscience: Dr. Alka Tripathy–Lang, science writer 04/30/2021

Women in Geoscience: Dr. Alka Tripathy–Lang, science writer

Women in Geoscience: Dr. Alka Tripathy–Lang, science writer IF/THEN Women in Geoscience Series. Short videos / animations featuring a broad range of women in geoscience from around the world. These inspiring scientist...

04/29/2021

The countdown is on! Get ready for an innovative approach to STEM education.
#EnergyDay #STEM #energydaytogo

Timeline Photos 04/29/2021

💯 truth! 😆
This kills me bc it is soooo. dead. on.

Types of Scientific Paper https://xkcd.com/2456/

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Others include "We've incrementally improved the estimate of this coefficient," "Maybe all these categories are wrong," and "We found a way to make student volunters worse at tasks."

Timeline Photos 04/22/2021

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The Cold War marked the proliferation of nuclear weapons and testing, with both sides monitoring detonation of nuclear devices via seismology—one of the only ways to reliably identify underground nuclear explosions across the globe.The U.S. and its allies established a network of seismometers around the world in part to keep tabs on Soviet nuclear capabilities, while the Soviet government needed a seismic station located as west as possible to help track U.S. bomb tests. Quiet Kašperské Hory, devoid of the cultural seismic noise that people produce as they go about their day (with the exception of military activity), proved to be an ideal location for both nuclear surveillance, and for germinating new ideas...

https://www.iris.edu/hq/science_highlights/a_brief_history_of_the_very_first_broadband_seismic_station

04/12/2021

Let's help one another.

This Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 11 a.m. MDT, the Geological Society of America is hosting a webinar on "Professional Geologist Licensure Requirements: Tips for the Exam and How Certification will Help Your Career"
Duration: 1 hour
Registration Link: https://lnkd.in/dMenbv9

Details: Having a license to practice geology is a requirement in the majority of U.S. states, Canada, and other countries. Learn about professional licensing requirements and how becoming licensed can influence your career opportunities and career success. Laurie Racca will present a discussion of the national licensing exams for geologists prepared by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG). She will discuss the purpose of the license, qualification requirements (education, experience, exams), and the Geologist-in-Training Certificate. Shanna Schmitt will present a discussion on the ASBOG®️ Practice of Geology (PG) exam, including when to sit for the exam, how to study, why being licensed is a great idea, and some advice for early career professionals. Jazzy Graham-Davis is a certified Geologist-in-Training in the state of California and they will be sharing their advice on the GIT process and the FG exam.

Timeline Photos 04/08/2021

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April is Citizen Science Month! There are more than 100 events lined up this year, spanning everything from the future of health and medicine to water quality and events about how to train your brain! Learn more at https://scistarter.org/citizensciencemonth

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Texas Educational Seismic Project (TX-ESP) promotes inquiry-based learning and investigative methods in earth sciences for K-12 classrooms. The program is intended to help students learn to reframe traditional science lessons into a dialogue of scientific inquiries with open-ended, boundless investigations about the world around us. For more than ten years, earth sciences were not included in Texas State curriculum requirements. During this absence, the number of content experts teaching earth science was drastically reduced. Further, current science teachers are facing the challenge of implementing “The Next Generation Science Standards” which focuses on the integration of science, technology and engineering and pushes students to investigate the natural world through the practices of scientific inquiry. TX-ESP enhances Texas classrooms using seismology as one tool to promote inquiry based learning and accomplish Texas state testing requirements for the earth sciences. TX-ESP’s implementation can assist the school become an active partner in global seismology research with Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS).
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