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 seismic waves, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building. Finally, the curriculum and discussion materials intend 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.

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 thru teaching students about seismology and seismic waves, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building. Finally, the curriculum and discussion materials intend 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.

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Groundwater and Earthquake Faults Demonstration

youtube.com UNAVCO has a number of hands-on demonstrations to use at informal and formal group events like school visits, museum presentations, science days, or farmers ...

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Seismograms: Illustrated Guide to Reading a Seismogram (USGS)- Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

iris.edu This USGS video provides a tutorial for anyone interested in interpreting the seismic records on public webicorder displays. Seismometers measure vibrations. More vibration… more wiggle. Some seismometers measure only up and down; some measure up-down, north-south, and east-west motion. 

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Earthquake Reported in Massachusetts on Sunday Morning

nbcboston.com A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported in southeastern Massachusetts on Sunday morning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered in Bliss Corner, a section of Dartmouth. NBC10 Boston viewers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island reported feeling tremors. More to come.

Moment Magnitude Explained—What Happened to the Richter Scale?

www.iris.edu/educate for more animations Scientists have developed far-more sensitive seismometers that, with faster computers, have enabled them to record &...

IRIS Earthquake Science

The seismic signal from Hurricane Zeta is clearly visible on seismic stations along the Gulf Coast. Why?

Hurricanes and typhoons can increase the amplitude of ocean waves which, in turn, drum on the ocean floor. These produce Rayleigh waves that can be recorded hundreds of miles from an oncoming hurricane.

Learn more about measuring hurricanes with seismometers 👉 https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/animation/using_seismographs_to_study_hurricanes

See seismic data 👉 https://www.iris.edu/app/station_monitor/

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills

The #ShakeOut website contains drill manuals for schools, healthcare organizations, businesses, and others at: https://shakeout.org/howtoparticipate. Also review http://ShakeOut.org/covid19 for COVID-19 considerations.

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Alan Kafka on Twitter

Something to think about

twitter.com “Excellent explanation of how it is possible for people to make it LOOK like they are good at "predicting" earthquakes, even though they are not. Thanks for posting this @celestelabedz https://t.co/SWs1nzCvYy”

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Even the Earth went quiet during the coronavirus lockdowns - The Boston Globe

bostonglobe.com An international team of researchers says that quiet extended to the ground beneath our feet, with seismic instruments detecting a sharp reduction of the background “noise” caused by humans.

USGS Natural Hazards Science

Looking for something to do this weekend? You can binge-watch 20 years of Earthquake Seminars from the Earthquake Science Center at http://ow.ly/gVQ050AiTsF on topics from earthquake early warning to earthquake engineering and everything in between.
#USGS #earthquakes

IRIS Earthquake Science

Stoo. Drop. Cover. Then run like hell if you're near the water.

ANIMATION: What should I do when an earthquake strikes?

If you live in earthquake-prone regions, it isn’t a question of IF, but WHEN the earthquake will occur. We do not know where we will be when it strikes, but we can know how to protect ourselves when it happens.

Now available in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Italian.

https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/animation/604

IRIS Earthquake Science

When's your Birthquake?

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

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

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

https://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/find_your_birthquake

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Take 2: Hazard vs. Risk- Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

iris.edu A seismic hazard is the probability that earthquake shaking of a certain intensity will occur in a given geographic area, within a given window of time.  From that, risks can be assessed and included in mitigation efforts. Let's compare them.

SkyAlert

So fascinating and yet so humbling.

En Indonesia, Anak #Krakatoa regresa a la actividad con una erupción que generó una columna eruptiva de hasta 15 km de altura.

En diciembre de 2018 una serie de erupciones colapsaron el edificio volcánico generando un tsunami donde más de 400 personas perdieron la vida.

deseret.com

Earthquake damage estimates hit $48.5 million, Salt Lake County officials say

Damages in UTAH

deseret.com Most costly damages likely in Granite School District

Updated Global Earthquake Instrumental Catalog

Today we released Version 7 of the ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue, covering now the period 1904-2016. This release marks the end of the 2nd year of the Advancement project. Download at www.isc.ac.uk/iscgem/update_log/

IRIS Earthquake Science

Learn how to build a seismometer at home out of common materials!

https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/lesson/build_your_own_seismograph

UT Jackson School of Geosciences

The Jackson School of Geosciences is built on community. Join "Geosciences at Home" to keep in touch, offer support, and share your rock collection from a safe distance. 😉

http://ow.ly/Mx1d50z6UJh

IRIS Earthquake Science

Hidden amidst the tumult of seismic data generated by earthquakes, explosions and other earth-shaking phenomena is a relatively quiet hum. A short period noise (3- to 20-s), referred to as microseismic noise, is due to ordinary ocean waves pounding the seafloor, generally near the shore, and is relatively well understood. The longer period part of Earth’s hum (50- to 300-s) is caused by gravity-driven waves called "infragravity waves” that couple with the seafloor, but the details of infragravity-driven hum generation are enigmatic.

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

IRIS Earthquake Science

Drop, Cover, Hold On

What should you do during an earthquake?

If you live in an earthquake-prone region, it isn’t a question of IF, but WHEN an earthquake will occur. We don't know where we will be when it strikes, but we can know how to protect ourselves when it happens.

https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/animation/earthquake_what_should_i_do_when_an_earthquake_strikes_

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Geology and Geophysics in the Petroleum Industry- Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

Wow! Take this offer!!

iris.edu This course, based on teaching material from Dr. Fred Schroeder (formerly of Exxon/ExxonMobil), reflects on the geology and geophysics basics for the petroleum industry. General geology and basic geophysics are not required, but helpful with the material.

Marsquakes brings a new level to geophysics!

"The first marsquakes detected by NASA’s InSight mission mark just the start of seismology on Mars. Both Earth and planetary scientists alike should embrace this new frontier of geophysics."

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-020-0555-8

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Alan Kafka on Twitter

NEW YORK

twitter.com “M3.1 - Glens Falls, NY (2020-03-11 10:43:39 UTC) Top to bottom: Springfield, VT Antrim, NH Weston, MA Blue Hill Observatory @raspishake @bhobservatory”

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Representing the Possible

Representing the Possible - women in Seismology blog

'Seeing is believing’ – a common saying goes. When women see other women fitting into diverse roles in the workplace, they project themselves more easily into those roles, boosting their self-confidence and aspirations."

blogs.egu.eu A successful development of professional identity is key to a thriving career. Yet, the steady underrepresentation of women in many facets of working life may threaten young career‐focused women in their professional identity projection.   ‘Seeing is believing’ – a common saying goes. When ...

Texas Girls Collaborative Project

Happy Texas Girls in STEM Day! Since 2007, the Texas Girls Collaborative Project has connected non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Learn more at www.txgcp.org. #TXGirlsInSTEMDay #HB3435 #WomensHistoryMonth

WEST TEXAS - a regional "moderately" sized earthquake occurred yesterday near Mentone, TX. The M3.9 event was possibly detected here in North Houston at Raspberry Shake station R5DDF - and the corresponding seismogram is shown below.

NORTH POLE - Yes, the Earth can quake near the N/S poles of our dynamic planet. Yesterday, on 02/18/2020 at 07:29hrs UTC a M5.2 earthquake occurred North of Svalbard. The event was well recorded in Spring, TX on both the EQ1 and Raspberry Shake seismometers, shown below. A 0.5 to 1.0 Hz BP filter has been applied.

IRIS Earthquake Science

Easily view seismograms from stations around the world for large earthquakes. Plots can be used for a variety of activities including to determine the diameter of Earth’s outer core as part of a classroom exercise.

https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/software-web-app/global_seismogram_viewer

RUSSIA

A M6.9 earthquake struck northeast of Japan's Hokkaido island just over 10 minutes ago.

It had a depth of 163 kilometers. Damage is unlikely, though the quake was felt quite a distance away in some regions of both Japan and Russia. No tsunami is expected from this.

Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! The #UnitedNations General Assembly established the observance in 2015 to recognize the critical role women and girls play in #science and #technology communities. Sally Ride Science, cofounded by America’s first woman in space, works to inspire young people, especially girls, in #STEM. https://bit.ly/2H8UMy6 #WomenInScience #GirlsInScience

washingtonpost.com

Californians can now get earthquake early warnings on their phones. Here’s how the alerts work.

washingtonpost.com It's part of an ongoing effort to ready residents for the next big one.

IRIS Earthquake Science

TEACHER TOOLBOX!

Working in both small groups and as a whole class, students investigate the classic Earth science analogy: "Seismic waves radiate outward from an earthquake's epicenter like ripples on water".

https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/lesson/earthquakes_like_ripples_on_water_1435751070

IRIS Earthquake Science

BRAND NEW ANIMATION! Bomb or Earthquake?

How do seismologists tell the difference between an explosion and an #earthquake, when both shake the ground?

https://youtu.be/BwxVDaUrsEU

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How Does a Seismometer Work?- Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

iris.edu A seismograph is a device for measuring the movement of the earth, and consists of a ground-motion detection sensor, called a seismometer, coupled with a recording system. This fact sheet provides an overview of the basic components of a seismometer and physical science principles behind its operati...

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Seismology Science Fair Project Ideas | IRIS

Yes!

iris.edu Science fair project ideas relating to seismology and earthquakes.

This angular unconformity is pretty awesome!

Angular unconformity at San Lorenzo canyon, New Mexico, U.S.A.

This small isolated mesa shows a stunning example of angular unconformity. The tilted beds of sandstones and mudstones below are Miocene age (7-10 Ma) layers that were faulted and tilted in the Rio Grande rift, then exposed and eroded. The layers above are Pleistocene (roughly 0.5 Ma years old) gravels.

Photo by r/geology (Reddit)
Info by U.S. Fish & Wildlife service, here: https://tinyurl.com/voahnfm )

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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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