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The Best Resources To Learn About The Loma Prieta Earthquake

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Next Saturday is the twentieth anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, which struck the San Francisco Bay Area. I lived in Santa Rosa at the time, which is about fifty miles north of San Francisco. I was standing outside talking with a group of people, and remember feeling that I was getting dizzy and going to faint when, in fact, it was the earthquake.

Since we’re studying Natural Disasters in our ninth-grade English classes now, I thought I’d collect a few useful resources about the quake and create a quick “The Best…” list. I’m sure I’ll be adding to it as the week goes on.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources To Learn About The Loma Prieta Earthquake:

The Sacramento Bee has an excellent slideshow of images from the event.

The San Francisco Chronicle also has a slideshow.

The San Jose Mercury News has a ton of resources on the anniversary.

CBS has another slideshow.

Here’s another television station’s special page on the quake, including several videos.

The local ABC station also has a lot of resources on the event, including videos and slideshows.

Here’s a slideshow on the impact the quake had on the small city of Santa Cruz, which was very close to its epicenter.

The Exploratorium has two good videos of the quake.

The New York Times also has a slideshow about the event.

The San Francisco Chronicle has a series of videos on the quake. Unfortunately, they’re all hosted on YouTube, and I haven’t had a chance to move them to Edublogs TV so they can be shown at school.

CBS has an interactive explaining earthquakes in general.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Websites For Learning About Natural Disasters

The Best Websites To Learn About California

The Best Sites To Learn About San Francisco

The Best Sites To Learn About The Earthquake In Italy

The Best Sites To Learn About The Tongan Volcano & Earthquake

Feedback, of course, is always welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

One Comment

  1. Larry,

    I am also preparing a unit on Natural Disasters for my 8th grade English classes, but I’m quickly overwhelmed by the scope and potential of this unit. I’d like to focus on non-fiction reading strategies using a variety of materials, while also drawing conclusions about the effects of disasters, how we can be prepared and how we can help others in distress.

    I’m curious about how you handle this unit. Are there specific disasters you focus upon and what are your culminating activites?

    Thank you for your time and your insightful blog! I spend time browsing daily and appreciate your work!

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