Tsunami Resources for the Classroom

Note: The resources listed below were provided to NSTA by science educators who responded to a survey in last week's edition of NSTA Express. We've attempted to highlight the most popular resources, those that provide rich content material for teachers, and/or those that provide information free of charge. NSTA is not responsible for the content of these websites.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse

ENC provides hundreds of resources for science and math teachers. Teachers are encouraged to search the site's various offerings, including lesson plans, and activities, curriculum resources, and more. http://www.enc.org.

NOAA/National Weather Service

Tsunami: The Great Waves http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/tsunami.htm
The Tsunami Warning System, excerpted from Tsunami: The Great Waves http://www.geophys.washington.edu/tsunami/general/warning/warning.html


NASA's Observatorium is a public access site for Earth and space data http://observe.arc.nasa.gov/nasa/exhibits/tsunami/tsun_bay.html

NASA-sponsored site that contains satellite imagery and scientific information

United States Geological Society http://temp.water.usgs.gov/tsunami

Worldwide Earthquake Activity in the Last Seven Days http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin

Preliminary Earthquake Report from December 26, 2004 http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_slav_l.html

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.htmlSurviving a Tsunami—Lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan. USGS online publication that details how to survive a tsunami. It was based on personal accounts related to the tsunami generated by the 1960 earthquake in Chile.

National Geographic
General news http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news

News about December 26 tsunami in Asia http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1228_041228_tsunami.html

National Geographic for Kids
Killer Wave: Tsunami http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/9610/kwave/index.html

Discovery School
Understanding Tsunamis. Cross-curricular discussion topics, writing activities, and video clips can give students a scientific perspective on last month's tsunami and a geographic understanding of Asia. http://www.discoveryschool.com/teachers/tsunami

Earth science lesson plan for grades 6-8 http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/tsunami

K-5 lesson plans on tsunami http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/dynamicearth

Discovery Channel Presents The Next Wave: Science of Tsunamis
Discovery demystifies one of the most dangerous and enigmatic forces on
Earth: tsunamis. See the science behind their devastating power. Understand
where they come from and what we can do to better prepare. Set your VCR for
January 10 at 2 a.m. to tape this program for use in your classroom. http://media.dsc.discovery.com/schedule/episode.jsp?episode=0&cpi=25052&gid=0&channel=DSC

Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hilo, Hawaii
Links to tsunami resource centers, tsunami research sites, related science sites, movies, animations, simulations, disaster centers and preparedness, and more

National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program
Provides links to international, federal, state, and other tsunami organizations

University of California at Berkeley Museum of Paleontology
Information on and animations of plate tectonics http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/geology/tectonics.html

Savage Earth: Waves of Destruction

How Stuff Works
General information http://science.howstuffworks.com/tsunami.htm

University of Southern California
The USC tsunami research group provides photos from several recent tsunamis and related tsunami information. http://cwis.usc.edu/dept/tsunamis/index.html

The Next Wave, Anne Rosenthal, California Wild, Spring 1999, Vol. 52:2, California Academy of Sciences. This story describes a tsunami that devastated Papua, New Guinea, in 1998. http://www.calacademy.org/calwild/1999spring/stories/tsunamis.html

The Great Indonesian Earthquake of 2004
Web page created by Steve Kluge, science teacher at Fox Lane High School, Bedford, New York http://www.bedford.k12.ny.us/flhs/science/images/tsunami2004

Digital Globe
Digital imagery http://www.digitalglobe.com

Volcano Live
Website of Australian volcanologist John Seach http://www.volcanolive.com/earthquake7.html

Boobax Streamcast Television Networks
Provides free television images from 92 countries http://bstn.free.fr/start_en.htm

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