1. Here is the activity from today's podcast! Smartypants - you can simulate this at home with a deck of playing cards, index cards or paper plates. Take two cards or plates and pretend they’re the earth’s tectonic plates. Holding the outside edges, push the inside edges together. Eventually one is going to slip and go on top of the other!
2. Buildings in earthquake zones need to have different rules to make sure they are safe. Check out this building experiment to see what happens with different building styles. If you have any different kinds of building toys, you can make more houses to see how they handle shaking.
3. Did you know you can learn about plate tectonics with graham crackers and whipped cream? Yum! Ask an adult before you start this one but this is a great way to see the different ways the Earth's surface moves.
According to the United States Geological Survey, an organization responsible for monitoring earthquakes, there are around 500,000 detectable earthquakes each year! That's a lot of earthquakes! So, why do earthquakes happen? Why are some worse than others? And what should you do if/when an earthquake strikes?
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