South Texas Earthquake as a Teachable Moment

Screenshot made 10/20/11 of USGS website.

There was an earthquake a couple of hours ago not too far from here. We didn’t feel it, but I’m guessing that it’s going to be a MAJOR news story here for a couple of days–especially as that red dot cube (the epicenter) is near a, ahem fracking site.

Naturally, this kind of thing presents parents with a “teachable moment” for grown ups–and kids.  Yes, even kiddos insulated from mainstream news hear about events such as this through conversation and the playground grapevine.

Fortunately, the Internet offers some good general earthquake resources for kiddos:

Earthquakes for Kids – Sponsored by the U.S. government, this site is full of useful information and resources. For your budding scientist (and all kids are budding scientists), there are even science fair project ideas.

Teaching Kids About Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Japan Through Online Resources – Written by Tech Savvy Mama in the wake of the Japanese earthquake, this post touches on a variety of related issues including geography.

Bill Nye on CNN – The Texas earthquake was small, but in this 2010 clip, Bill explains large magnitude earthquakes in such an interesting way that it’s worth watching.

As an added bonus, here are two clips from one of Bill’s fantastic videos:

Part 1:

Part 2:

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