I grew up in Southern California and experienced many a earthquake including the Northridge earthquake which was memorable. Though many in many 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. I found these links from a variety of articles and hope you find them useful!
I am really enjoying this science (fiction-y at times) blog called io9: We Come From the Future. Given the massive quake in Japan, this might be a great time to talk about geological science including how earthquakes hapen and why we can’t predict them. I’ve excerpted it below but you can see the full post here.
It’s clear that the science of predicting earthquakes has a long way to go. If your child finds earthquakes fascinating, perhaps he or she will be one of the scientists to bring this science further. You never know what will spark a life long interest. How about you? Are your kids interested in learning more about earthquakes after hearing about the big one in Japan? Will an education on earthquakes help to quell fears about earthquakes happening to them? Please chime in!