Natural Disasters : Animated Guides
BBC News animated guides to the world's most devastating
phenomena: volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
Earth Alerts is a Windows-based application that provides alert notifications, reports, and imagery on many types of natural phenomenon that are occurring real-time both worldwide as well as in specific locations within the United States (including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Earth Alerts makes use of the resources from organizations such as the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey and numerous other agencies to identify what sort of things "Mother Earth" is currently doing. To use Earth Alerts, you simply select the specific activity types (earthquakes, tsunamis, weather, etc.) and the specific locations you are interested in. The application will then automatically retrieve the latest information from various live data feeds on the Internet, and then present it to you.
Powerpoint on Popei and the Titanic
This primary-sources website has a channel which includes numerous natural disaster stories.
Some of them - like the stories of Pompeii and Galveston - have animated recreations of volcanoes and hurricanes. The story about K2
http://www.awesomestories.com/movies/vertical_limit/vertical_limit_ch2.htm also includes information about earthquakes (plus maps depicting where earthquakes have recently occurred, including last week's devastating quake in Kashmir). Although the site is subscription-based, it is free for educators, schools and libraries worldwide. Just request an academic membership at the site's main URL. ihttp://www.awesomestories.com/
Experiments using a slinky that simulate water waves, earthquakes and swaying bridges
Natural Disaster Management
Disaster management is a complex series of activities which include risk assessment, prevention measures, preparedness to cope with future disasters, emergency response to a disaster, recovery and rehabilitation. This new Global Issue from the Global Education website includes a major case study on the Indian Gujarat Earthquake of 26 January 2001 and teaching activities which assist students to develop an understanding of some of the complexities involved in responding to a natural disaster, and Australia's response to natural disasters in our region.25. NGDC Geologic Hazard Photos
Searchable library of photographs of geologic hazards and natural disasters. Images include earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides, and others. Includes photos of famous events such as the Kobe earthquake and eruption of Mount Pinatubo. From the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/fliers/se-0801.shtml
CBS News Disaster Links
Emergency Management Australia
Schools section contains lists of teaching resources and support material, extensive information on the different categories of disasters, planning and preparation, lesson plans and activities supplied by CSIRO’s Double helix Science Club. Links to the various state and territory emergency services allow students to access information
Earthquake Science Explained-A Series of Ten Short Articles for Students, Teachers, and Families [pdf]
That swirling bard of American letters and transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once opined “We learn geology the morning after
the earthquake.” This need never be the case for educators and members of the general public who give careful consideration to this excellent pamphlet created by the United States Geological Survey. Compiled by Matthew A. D’Alessio, this document contains ten short articles on earthquakes designed for classroom use. The articles originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, and they include such titles as “Find the Fault: Recognizing Active Faults”, “Looking into the past with earthquake trenches”, and “How do we make buildings and roads safer?”. Additionally, each article contains helpful graphics, illustrations, and photographs.
From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007. http://scout.wisc.edu/
FAQs about Earthquakes, Tectonic Plates, Earth's Structures and Faults
Earthquakes and natural hazards
Of most interest to schools are the fact sheets on earthquakes and other natural hazards. They provide extensive information on these natural disasters as well as an estimation of their impact on urban centres. The earthquake section extends to the reporting and mapping of recent earthquakes in the Pacific area.
Cyclones and Hurricanes
Cyclones - resources and links
Hurricanes: How They Work and What They Do
Hurricanes are formed when large areas of the ocean become heated, and the air pressure over that area drops. This causes thunderstorms and strong surface winds. When the winds of a tropical storm reach 120 kilometres per hour, then the storm is classified as a hurricane. From NASA for Kids.
Animated guide: Hurricanes
Animation of hurricanes with text
Amazing images of terrible tornadoes.
Floods and Dams
Learn about the impacts of floods and dams on human populations.
Learn about a flood and hear the story of one of its survivors, 15
year-old Victor Heiser.
A web-based activity exploring recent volcanic activity in Australia
Current Volcanic Activity
Building experimental volcanoes "...hope those instructions do not involve potassium permanganate and glycerin -- or ammonium dichromate. DO NOT USE THESE! Yes, I know they are all over the Web -- don't -- see the URL below. These two dangerous versions and a safe version are listed at http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/mar2001/984514023.Es.r.html -- and it also explains the dangers."
Features current volcano activity around the world, specific volcanoes, and volcanic parks. Features interviews with famous volcanologists and volcano video clips, as well as a section for children that includes learning games, school project ideas, and instructions for making a volcano. Searchable, and browsable by world region, country or area, or volcano name. From the University of North Dakota.
Volcano Cam - New Zealand http://www.cybercorp.co.nz/ruapehu/
Volcano Modules Pages
Volcano Observatory - Hawaii
Volcanoes - Mt.
IRIS Seismic Monitor http://www.iris.edu/seismon/
How Volcanoes Form? http://fccp.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/~Berni_Wensley/HowVolcanoesForm.html
Introduction to Plate Tectonics http://www.hartrao.ac.za/geodesy/tectonics.html
Pompeii - Portents of Disaster
The people of Pompeii were quite unprepared for the eruption of Vesuvius - getting on with their busy lives, in total ignorance of what was to come. The signs of impending disaster, though, were there - why did no-one pick up on them? This is part of a BBC set of pages ion the Romans.
Volcano Live is produced by Australian Volcanologist John Seach and contains news and information about volcano travel, live volcano cams, 'Ambrym Lava Lakes', 'Murphy's Laws', 'Laws of volcanology', 'fatalities and deadly eruptions', 'world regions', 'geography and volcanoes', 'highest volcanoes', 'most active volcanoes, glossary, volcano adventures, expedition photos, iPompeii ruins, safety, accident prevention, volcano quotes, evacuation, disasters, and the Science of volcanoes'.
Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (via ReliefWeb)
Global tectonic activity map of the earth (PDF; 853 KB)
"Tectonism and volcanism of the last one million years." Cool.
Introduction to Plate Tectonics http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/vwlessons/plate_tectonics/introduction.html
Plot Current Earthquake Data Lesson
South East Asia Earthquake and Blog
The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land
Students think about how people living in cities and suburbs must plan iahead by constructing sturdy buildings and preparing their homes and ithemselves for the possibility of a natural disaster.
How Wildfires Work
"An average of 5 million acres burns every year in the United States, causing millions of dollars in damage." This site discusses how wildfires start, burn, and die, with information on common causes of wildfires, impact of topography, and fighting wildfires. Includes links to additional resources. From HowStuffWorks.
On Fire: Photographs by iLarry Schwarm
A gallery of high-quality photographs of the prairie fires that "sweep across the Flint Hills of Kansas each spring." iFrom the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library (RBMSCL) at Duke University.
Fire and The Australian Landscape
This site discusses the role of fire in shaping the Australian Landscape.
National Landslide iInformation Center
This site provides a FAQ, maps, fact sheets, and related idocuments about landslides and their causes (such as heavy rain). Provides iinformation on significant landslide events in the United States, and icurrent projects. Includes state and local information, images and publications, a searchable bibliographic database, information for teachers iand students, and more. From the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Homeowners Guide to Lightning Safety
Preparing for Disasters in Your Home: What to Buy, What to Skip
Emergency Preparedness and Pets
Important Legal Documents for Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
How to Organize and Prepare for Disasters