EDPC 605: Techbyte Presentation

Exploratory Interactive Analysis of Earthquakes & Eruptions

Purpose of this lab exercise:

The purpose of this laboratory exercise in the topic of earthquakes is to visualize and become familiar with earthquakes, terminology, history, current events, the common locations of earthquakes, the magnitude scale, hazardous effects and damages from earthquakes, the relationships they have to other geological processes such as plate tectonics, familiarity using the seismic eruption software, data analysis, production of graphs, critical and abstract thinking, and research.


Standards addressed in this lesson are:

  • National Science Education Principles: A, B, D, & E
  • National Science Education Teaching Standards: A, B, C, D, E, & G
  • All NYS Regents Teacher Standards
  • NYS Regents Earth Science Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 7.1, & 7.2
  • NYS Regents Earth Science Performance Indicators: 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.1j, 2.1k, 2.1l, 2.1n, & 2.1p
  • NYS MSIT Technology Skills/Standards: TS01-TS12


Using the Seismic Eruption Software, we will explore North America, the United States, California, and the seven continents. We will look at and compare magnitudes of earthquakes and volcanos over time in the United States first. With this software, after you press play, you will see the earthquakes and volcanos start and show up on the screen with a running total on the top left corner. You will see magnitudes on the other side. Afterwards, we will repeat this process for various geographic areas in the US and magnitudes 1-9. We will then use excel to compare magnitudes and total number occurences of earthquakes and volcanos over time. When this is completed, we will create a plot comparing the Magnitude and total earthquakes for each region on a line graph. Also, we will include the given data set for the total amount of earthquakes in the US to the other 6 continents of the world. After they are generated we will print the graphs and answer questions following in the laboratory. We can then use our results and analysis to do research on various areas and create geologic hazard evacuation plans for areas of our choice by presenting it in prezi, glogster, or bubbl.us. Your choice!

Some of the best science and education technology!

Guranteed to be engaging, interesting, and fun!


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Frequently Asked Questions!

What is an earthquake? What is a volcanic eruption? How do they happen? Where to do they happen? Are they always bad? How can we stop them? Are their any hazards? Why don't they frequently happen in NY? How can we evacuate?

Come explore with me and seismic eruption to answer all your questions!