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East Coast Earthquake … As Learning Opportunity for Kids!

Science of Earthquakes for Kids

I grew up in Southern California and experienced many an earthquake including the Northridge one which was quite memorable. Though many in my area felt the recent East Coast earthquake, it went unnoticed at my house. I think it was because we were all in the basement so we did not feel our house move at all. Still, this is a teachable moment for any child who might have anxiety or curiosity about earthquakes between this one and the huge one in Japan.

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I found these links from a variety of articles and hope you find them useful!

How about you? Did you feel the recent earthquake? How are your kids reacting?

The earthquake that struck the East Coast yesterday provides a learning opportunity, and the U.S. Geological Survey provides earthquake resources, as well as a site for teaching children about earthquakes.

Scholastic also provides information about how the Richter scale works — and the devastation caused at each level.

Here is a kid-friendly link on Tsunamis from FEMA.

A link on plate tectonics.

Can earthquakes trigger more earthquakes? The research says yes…

The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (8/23)

 The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog(8/24)


World Earthquake Fault Lines from Nuit Blanche
World Earthquake Fault Lines Pragmatic Mom
Here are some kid friendly books on earthquakes. Books are in order of age, starting with younger kids at age 4 or so. Find these at your local library.
To view any book more closely at Amazon, click on image of book.
This is a great post from The Homeschool Den on Earth Sciences. There are a bunch of great experiments but this one with graham crackers visually describes plate tectonics and bow mountains are formed.
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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Great resource! We didn’t have the earthquake, but it is still good to talk about it with the kids.
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