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This page offers a compilation of multimedia resources for creating "teachable moments" on the earthquakes. Of particular note is the material for the earthquake/tsunami that struck northern Japan in 2011. Tectonic maps, computer animations, seismograms, aerial and ground photographs, Power Point slides for teachers, news footage, preliminary rupture models, and a comparison map that shows tectonic similarities between the coast of northeastern Japan and the west coast of the United States are available.

This web site is maintained by IRIS, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, a consortium of laboratories and data collection centers who act in concert to ensure flow of data to the international seismological research community.

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Japan earthquake, earthquake animation, earthquake simulation, plate tectonics, seismology, tsunami
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Metadata instance created March 16, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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May 22, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4C. Processes that Shape the Earth
  • 6-8: 4C/M1. The interior of the earth is hot. Heat flow and movement of material within the earth cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and create mountains and ocean basins. Gas and dust from large volcanoes can change the atmosphere.
  • 6-8: 4C/M2a. Some changes in the earth's surface are abrupt (such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions) while other changes happen very slowly (such as uplift and wearing down of mountains).

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
  • 6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
  • 6-8: 11B/M5. The usefulness of a model depends on how closely its behavior matches key aspects of what is being modeled. The only way to determine the usefulness of a model is to compare its behavior to the behavior of the real-world object, event, or process being modeled.
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(IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Washington, 2011), WWW Document, (http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm).
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IRIS: Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments (IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Washington, 2011), <http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm>.
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IRIS: Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments. (2012, April 12). Retrieved September 16, 2014, from IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm
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IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. IRIS: Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments. Washington: IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, April 12, 2012. http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm (accessed 16 September 2014).
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IRIS: Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments. Washington: IRIS: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, 2011. 12 Apr. 2012. 16 Sep. 2014 <http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm>.
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