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Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Earthquakes (and are accessible to English Language Learners):
Shaking Latin America is an interactive from the Wall Street Journal showing the history of quakes in the region.
What Causes Earthquakes? is an interactive from MSNBC.
Measuring the Magnitude of Earthquakes is an interactive from CNN.
How Earthquakes happen is an interactive from the BBC.
Why Earthquakes Happen is an interactive from The Guardian.
Here’s an Interactive Earthquake Primer.
The BBC has a very well-done interactive titled Earthquake rescue: How survivors are found.
Top 10 Deadliest Earthquakes comes from TIME Magazine.
Shake, Rattle and Slide is an exceptional interactive from the University of Illinois Extension focused on volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers. It provides audio support for the text, and is very accessible to English Language Learners. There are number of neat online activities on the site.
Quake Quiz is an animated guide from the City of San Francisco about how to respond to an earthquake depending on where you are and what you are doing. Each animation is followed by a short quiz.
Anatomy of an Earthquake is an interactive from Scholastic.
All About Earthquakes from Live Science has a ton of features about earthquakes.
Make a Quake with this simulator from the Discovery Channel.
I Know That has a simple feature on earthquakes.
The San Francisco Chronicle has published newly discovered color photos documenting the destruction of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. These are not manually tinted ones — they are one of the earliest actual color photographs. You can see s slideshow of the photos here, and read an article about them here.
Earthquakes: Why They Happen is from the Guardian.
World’s Largest Earthquakes is from The Wall Street Journal.
Major earthquakes throughout history in pictures is from The Telegraph.
72 Hours is a website for earthquake preparation.
The top 10 deadliest earthquakes in history comes from MSNBC
Here’s another slideshow version of the 10 deadliest earthquakes.
Deadliest Earthquakes is a video from PBS.
Here’s a video collection from ABC News.
Here’s a video collection from the BBC.
Classic Discovery Videos has a number of good earthquake-related videos.
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