Teachable moments

Earthquake Teachable Moments is a project that provides information about topical earthquakes for schoolteachers, students and the general public.

Newsworthy earthquakes present a unique chance to educate people about the science of earthquakes and our planet’s internal structure.

The project is run by the Liverpool Earth Observatory at the University of Liverpool with support from the British Geophysical Association, the UK School Seismology Project and the British Geological Survey.

In the hours following a significant earthquake, seismologists create PowerPoint slideshows detailing some of the event’s key facts.

These slideshows describe the earthquake’s location, the region’s historical seismicity, its tectonic setting, the earthquake’s mechanism, and damage caused (if any).

The slideshows also incorporate seismograms of the earthquake from the British Geological Survey’s network of instruments as well as from the School Seismometer network.

These slides are available as .ppt or .pdf files and are often used by science teachers in the classroom.

Recent teachable moments

  • 16/11/2016
    A magnitude 7.8 Mw earthquake occurred at the North end of Alpine fault, New Zealand.
    A magnitude 7.8 Mw earthquake occurred at the North end of Alpine fault, New Zealand.

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  • 16/11/2016
    Two extensional earthquakes occured in Japan (Mw 6.9) and Nicuagua (Mw 7.0), both causing Tsunamis.
    Two extensional earthquakes occured in Japan (Mw 6.9) and Nicuagua (Mw 7.0), both causing Tsunamis.

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  • 31/10/2016
    A magnitude 6.1 and 6.6 Mw earthquake occurred at shallow depth in the Appenine region of Central Italy.
    A magnitude 6.1 and 6.6 Mw earthquake occurred at shallow depth in the Appenine region of Central Italy.

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  • 31/10/2016
    A magnitude 6.1 and 6.6 Mw earthquake occurred at shallow depth in the Appenine region of Central Italy.
    A magnitude 6.1 and 6.6 Mw earthquake occurred at shallow depth in the Appenine region of Central Italy.

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  • 24/08/2016
    A magnitude 6.2 Mw earthquake occurred at shallow depth in the Appenine region of Central Italy.
    A magnitude 6.2 Mw earthquake occurred at shallow depth in the Appenine region of Central Italy.

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  • 18/04/2016
    A magnitude 7.8 Mw earthquake occurred at ~24 km depth to the west of Ecuador.
    A magnitude 7.8 Mw earthquake occurred at ~24 km depth to the west of Ecuador.

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  • 22/02/2016
    A magnitude 5.1 event struck in North Korea.
    A magnitude 5.1 event struck in North Korea.

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  • 22/02/2016
    A magnitude 5.1 event struck in North Korea.
    A magnitude 5.1 event struck in North Korea.

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  • 22/02/2016
    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in Alboran Sea, North of Morocco.
    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in Alboran Sea, North of Morocco.

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  • 22/02/2016
    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in Alboran Sea, North of Morocco.
    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in Alboran Sea, North of Morocco.

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  • 28/10/2015
    A magnitude 7.8 Mw earthquake occurred at ~24 km depth Southwest of Sumatra, in the Indian Ocean.
    A magnitude 7.8 Mw earthquake occurred at ~24 km depth Southwest of Sumatra, in the Indian Ocean.

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  • 28/10/2015
    A magnitude 7.8 Mw earthquake occurred at ~24 km depth Southwest of Sumatra, in the Indian Ocean.
    A magnitude 7.8 Mw earthquake occurred at ~24 km depth Southwest of Sumatra, in the Indian Ocean.

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  • 28/10/2015
    A magnitude 7.5 Mw earthquake occurred at 220 km depth beneath Northern Afghanistan, in the Western Himalayas.
    A magnitude 7.5 Mw earthquake occurred at 220 km depth beneath Northern Afghanistan, in the Western Himalayas.

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  • 22/05/2015
    A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred in southeastern England. This earthquake had a shallow depth of 15km.
    A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred in southeastern England. This earthquake had a shallow depth of 15km.

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  • 22/05/2015
    A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred in southeastern England. This earthquake had a shallow depth of 15km.
    A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred in southeastern England. This earthquake had a shallow depth of 15km.

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  • 22/05/2015
    A magnitude 8.3 Mw earthquake occurred on the interface beteen the South American and Nazca tectonic plates.
    A magnitude 8.3 Mw earthquake occurred on the interface beteen the South American and Nazca tectonic plates.

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  • 12/05/2015
    A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred in Nepal. This earthquake was an aftershock of the M7.8 event in April 2015.
    A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred in Nepal. This earthquake was an aftershock of the M7.8 event in April 2015.

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  • 29/04/2015
    A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in Nepal. The earthquake had a shallow depth of 15 km.
    A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in Nepal. The earthquake had a shallow depth of 15 km.

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  • 29/01/2015
    A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred in the Oakham region of Rutland, U.K. The earthquake had a shallow depth of 8 km.
    A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred in the Oakham region of Rutland, U.K. The earthquake had a shallow depth of 8 km.

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  • 29/01/2015
    A magnitude 2.9 earthquake occurred in the Winchester region of Hampshire, U.K.
    The earthquake had a shallow depth of 3 km.

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  • 24/06/2014
    A magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred in the Aleutian Islands region of Alaska, U.S.
    The earthquake had an intermediate depth of 108 km.

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  • 24/05/2014
    A magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred in South-Eastern Greece, in the north of the Aegean Sea.
    The earthquake had a shallow depth of 10 km.

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  • 20/04/2014
    A magnitude 3.2 earthquake occurred near Oakham in the county of Rutland, UK.
    This was followed 24 hours later by a magnitude 3.5 earthquake.

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  • 15/04/2014
    A magnitude 7.6 earthquake occurred off the coast of the Solomon Islands. This was followed by a Magnitude 7.
    4 aftershock less than 24 hours later.

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  • 04/04/2014
    A magnitude 8.2 earthquake occurred in Northern Chile.
    The earthquake caused severe damage in the area around the town of Iquique.

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  • 20/02/2014
    Magnitude 4.1 earthquake, Bristol Channel, UK
    A magnitude 4.1 earthquake occurred in the Bristol Channel. The earthquake was felt most strongly in North Devon and South Wales.

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  • 03/02/2014
    Two magnitude 6.1 earthquakes struck Greece within 8 days of each other.
    The earthquake signficant damage due to shaking on the islands closest to the epicentre.

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  • 28/10/2013
    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred at 20 km depth off the east coast of Japan.
    The earthquake caused a small, 40cm high Tsunami.

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  • 15/10/2013
    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred at 20 km depth beneath Bohol Island, Philippines.
    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred at 20 km depth beneath Bohol Island, Philippines.

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  • 24/09/2013
    A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred at 20 km depth beneath south-central Pakistan.
    A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred at 20 km depth beneath south-central Pakistan.

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  • 12/09/2013
    A magnitude 3.3 earthquake occurred at 5 km depth beneath the Irish Sea.
    The event was preceded by a magnitude 2.5 foreshock about four hours earlier.

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  • 27/08/2013
    A magnitude 2.7 earthquake occurred at 2 km depth beneath central Scotland.
    Its epicentre was approximately 36km ESE of Kinlocheven, Highland and 40km WSE of Pitlochry, Perth/Kinross.

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  • 29/05/2013
    A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred at 8 km depth beneath the coast of North Wales.
    Moderate shaking was felt in the towns of Caernarfon, Bangor and Holyhead. This is the largest earthquake in North Wales since 1984.

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  • 18/05/2013
    A magnitude 2.9 earthquake occurred at a depth of 12km close to the village of Glenuig.
    The earthquake was preceded by a magnitude 1.4 foreshock earlier in the day.

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  • 15/05/2013
    A magnitude 2.8 earthquake occurred at a depth of 7km in the far northwestern Scottish Highlands.
    Slight shaking was felt in nearby villages and hamlets.

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  • 19/04/2013
    A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred at 250km beneath the Kuril islands in the northwestern Pacific.
    The earthquake is attributed to normal faulting in the subducting Pacific plate.

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