What are earthquakes? Get a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with this collection of videos and infographics co-presented by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED. You'll learn why earthquakes happen, how they've shaped the Bay Area, and what you can do to prepare for the next one.

Exploring Earthquakes

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Computer simulation of an earthquake

In this collection, you'll learn how geological processes shape life on Earth.

Earthquake Tracker

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Earthquake Tracker

Track earthquakes using real-time data from the U.S. Geological Survey with this interactive globe.

Teacher Guide: Earthquakes

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See ideas for how teachers can use videos, articles, and infographics about Earthquakes in their classroom.

What's an Earthquake?

Anatomy of an Earthquake

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Anatomy of an Earthquake

Learn about all the individual elements and forces that make up an earthquake.

Measuring Earthquakes

What are Seismic Waves?

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Seismic Waves

When earthquakes occur, they release waves of energy called seismic waves.

Building for Earthquakes

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Engineers work on making buildings that are better able to withstand damage from future earthquakes.

Bay Area Earthquakes

Earthquake Preparedness

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide: Earthquakes

Earthquake Wordmark

See ideas for how teachers can use videos, articles, and infographics about Earthquakes in their classroom.