Showing posts with label tsunami. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tsunami. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What is a Tsunami? A Video Explanation

Explania is a good place to find video explanations and interactive images that explain all kinds of things from the worlds of science, technology, sports, and health. Today, on Explania I discovered this excellent animated explanation of tsunamis. The two and a half minute video explains how tsunamis are created and the impact of tsunamis when they reach land. The video is embedded below.

Tsunami Infographic from Shal on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Unfortunately, the world saw plenty of footage last year of the tsunami in Japan. That provided plenty of visuals on the damage caused by tsunamis. This video provides a good way for students to see how a tsunami is formed. Here are a few other resources that you could also use in lessons about tsunamis: Tsunami Mapper, Tsunamis 101, Stop Disasters.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tsunami Mapper - Visualize a Tsunami in Your Area

Tsunami Mapper is a visualization creation tool built upon the Google Maps platform. Using Tsunami Mapper you can quickly measure how large an area a tsunami would affect if it hit your community. To use Tsunami Mapper just enter your location then enter a wave height and direction.

Applications for Education
Tsunami Mapper could be a neat tool for showing students how a tsunami could impact their communities. Students can experiment with wave height and direction to see how those variables could affect the impact of a tsunami.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Infographic - Statistics About Japan

The damage from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11 is astounding. Although it will be a long time before a final statistical analysis of the damage will be available, Digital Surgeons has created an infographic of the statistics that are currently (as of March 22) available. The infographic is large so I dropped it into to make it fit on this page and to enable you to zoom in on specific parts of it.

Applications for Education
You could certainly find these statistics online in various places, but this infographic makes it possible to find them all at a glance. A printed version of the infographic could be a nice classroom reference poster.

H/T to Cool Infographics.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

National Geographic Video - Tsunamis 101

Violent Earth, produced by National Geographic, is a film about the causes of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. It's an excellent documentary if you have the time to watch it. But if you're searching for a shorter video explanation of the causes of tsunamis, National Geographic has something to fit that bill too. Tsunamis 101 is a three and one-half minute video about how a tsunami is caused and why they can be so deadly. The video is embedded below.

Violent Earth is available to view for free in its entirety on Snag Films. The first three minutes of it is included in the video below.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Problem Explained

Over the last five days I've shared some resources for teaching and learning about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (you can find those here, here, and here). One of the major concerns in Japan now is nuclear power plant meltdowns. To help us understand what happened at the Fukushima power plant, CNN has posted an animated and narrated explanation of what happened and why.

H/T to Open Culture.

Monday, March 14, 2011

CNN Student News Is All About Japan

Today's episode of CNN Student News, which I had my students watch this morning, is all about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The ten minute episode provides a jargon-free explanation of the cause of the tsunami, the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, and the concerns regarding Japan's nuclear energy facilities. If you're in need of some viewing and discussion questions to use with the video, CNN Student News offers those here.
Watch the video below.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Interactive Maps & Images About Earthquake in Japan

The New York Times has many features about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Here are three that stand out.

The Crippled Japanese Nuclear Reactors is a set of drawings and animations that depicts how nuclear power plants are constructed and what could cause a meltdown at those facilities.

Map of the Damage From the Japanese Earthquake is an interactive map of sixteen locations in Japan affected by the earthquake. Zoom and click on the icons to see images and read information about each location.

How Shifting Plates Caused the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan is a series of drawings and animations that explain what causes earthquakes and tsunamis.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Images and Videos of Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan

All of the news this morning is about the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan. I haven't had a lot of time to gather resources this morning, but here are some of the better ones I've found that are accessible to students.

First up, the BBC has a short video featuring seismologist Dr. Roger Musson explaining how the tsunami was triggered.

CNN has a good graphic that shows how long it would take tsunami waves to reach various points in the Pacific ocean.

Both Reuters and CNN have slideshows that are still being updated with new images from the earthquake and tsunami.

CNN among many other places has dramatic video footage of the tsunami. Below is one of many videos that show the power of a tsunami.

Update: Thanks to Ian Chia for sharing the link to this live stream from Yokoso News. The stream is in English.

Update #2: has a set of 43 powerful images of the earthquake, tsunami, and their effects.
The video below from Reuters shows how powerful tsunami waves are.

Update #3: Larry Ferlazzo has a good list of resources going that you should also check out.
If you are interested in financially supporting relief efforts the Red Cross has set-up a text donation plan, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or click here to read about other ways to donate.

3 Good Earthquake & Tsunami Lesson Resources

This morning's earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan provides an opportunity to incorporate current world news into a science lesson. Here are some resources for teaching about earthquakes and tsunamis.

IRIS, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, has compiled some good resources for teaching about the science of the earthquake in Japan and earthquakes in general. Included in their lists are videos, slideshows, animations, and links to lesson plans. Here is one animation that illustrates how the DART tsunami warning system works. The videos are animated and narrated explanations of the science of earthquakes.

The USGS produces a good assortment of resources for teaching and learning about earthquakes. The USGS has resources for teachers and for students on every grade level from elementary school through college. Not included in the teachers resource section, but including in the general education page, are these flash animations of earthquakes and seismic activities. For Google Earth users the USGS produces Google Earth files for viewing earthquakes. One set of Google Earth files that the USGS produces allows you to view seismic activity in near-real time (the file refreshes every five minutes).

Stop Disasters is a game designed for students to learn about natural disasters, disaster prevention, and city design. There are five game scenarios that students can play. Students can plan to prepare for hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and tsunamis. The scenarios are set in geographically accurate contexts of Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean.