Thursday, 12 February 2015

Earthquake watch on Google Earth

If you are teaching lessons on natural disasters, then using Google Earth, to show pupils recent seismic activities, is a powerful way to get across the idea that earthquakes of a low magnitude happen frequently.

To launch this, first open the Google Earth then open Earth Gallery.

Next select crisis from the explore menu and open the Earthquakes from the Last Week map, selecting view in Google Earth when the option presents itself. If you are using a computer open the .kml file you have just downloaded, touchscreen devices will do this step automatically.

You are now presented with information about the earthquakes grouped into those that have occurred in the last hour, last 24 hour and last week. In class we used the information to create a database-style information cards using the book creator app.

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