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Make Your Own Earthquake: Magnitude and Intensity Lab

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by (Option 1) Deborah Kane and (Option 2) IRIS. This activity describes the differences between an earthquake's magnitude and intensity and then has students experiment with the Quake-Catcher Network sensor to explore these concepts. Earthquake magnitude is a property of the earthquake itself, and does not change for a given earthquake regardless of where the earthquake is recorded. A measure of intensity describes the ground motion felt at a given location and varies spatially for a given earthquake.

Make your Own Earthquake: 


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  • NEES EOT (2011), "Make Your Own Earthquake: Magnitude and Intensity Lab,"

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