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Now, its time to show what you know! Individually or in a small group, you will create a brochure, a poster display, a web page, or a multi-media presentation (i.e. PowerPoint, etc.) to present to your teacher, classmates and school community what you have learned by participating in this project. Below is a suggested format to follow as you are creating your final project.

Check with your teacher before you begin to find out what is expected of you. Some useful Internet sites are also listed below as well as in the Reference section of this project.


You should always begin with a cover page.

SECTION ONE: What, Where, How, Why?
You should try and answer the following questions in this section. You may also want to include a map that shows the earthquakes you charted in class as well as the corresponding tectonic plates. Be sure to include visuals, maps, graphs, and pictures to illustrate your responses.
  • What are earthquakes?
  • Where do they occur most often? Why?
  • How likely is it that your area will experience an earthquake?
    Note: To assess the probability of an earthquake occurring in your area, find your state on the United States Seismicity Maps
SECTION TWO: Effects on People's Lives

You should describe how earthquakes and volcanoes affect the lives of people living in the communities in which they happen. Use some of the information you found in the eyewitness accounts for examples. If you know someone who has experienced an earthquake or volcanic eruption, you may include an interview with him or her.

SECTION THREE: Emergency Response Plan
You should describe how community residents and authorities can prepare for an earthquake or volcanic eruption and its aftermath? Review Earthquake advice from the USGS, the Red Cross and other agencies. If you live in an area that is susceptible to earthquakes, include suggestions specific to your area.

The following sites contain reliable information on earthquake preparedness:

SECTION FOUR: Conclusion

You should include a brief section summarizing all the information you have learned and any final thoughts.


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