Physical Geography

Earth Science

Detecting and Predicting Earthquakes


Parent / Teacher Guide


To introduce the ways of detecting earthquakes

To introduce the main prediction methods

To consider the benefits / disadvantages of predicting earthquakes



The student should learn about:

(a) Historical prediction techniques;

(b) Seismographs and their use;

(c) Accuracy of earthquake prediction;

(d) Dilatency Theory;

(e) Animal behaviour;

(f) Social risks associated with earthquake prediction.



The student should have knowledge and understanding of:

(a) The ways in which earthquakes are predicted;

(b) How and why seismographs work;

(c) How earthquakes are currently predicted;

(d) The inaccuracy of earthquake prediction methods;

(e) The social consequences of earthquake prediction.

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