A computer animation and paper model
Tau Rho Alpha, Robert A. Page, and Leslie C. Gordon
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Open-File Report 92-200
Menlo Park, California
This report illustrates, by means of a computer animation, how an earthquake occurs and
what types of damage may result. The report is intended to help students and others
visualize what causes earthquake shaking and some of the possible results of the shaking.
By studying the animation and the paper model, students will come to understand that
earthquakes result from faulting in the Earth and that the potential consequences of
earthquakes are numerous and serious.
To order this report, contact: U. S. Geological Survey Branch of
Information Services, P. O. Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225, or call (303) 202-4700 or toll-free 888-ASK-USGS
Included in this report are a template for making a paper model, instructions for
assembly, educators' guide, and animations describing possible effects of an earthquake,
including the collapse of structures, fire, and a tsunami.
For the following animations you will need to download a QuickTime player.
Follow instructions on the
Apple Site to obtain the free QuickTime
player for Apple or Windows 95/98/NT computers.
For other platforms, players can be found on WWW sites such as