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Summary Page: Canterbury Earthquake
Term 1 starting 23 February 2011.



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Learn from experts about what caused this earthquake. Visit urban and rural places which continue to show the extent of the damage. Hear stories from local people about their experience of the earthquake. Use earthquake measuring devices like the scientists as you collect and analyse data. Shovel liquefied soil and find out why it isn't fun. Make simple models to see the effect of different earthquake waves. Make sure your home is 'quake safe' and learn what to do during and after an earthquake.

Where you will go

New Zealand is nicknamed The Shaky Isles as it lies on a plate boundary and earthquakes are common. Historic records show that on average, New Zealand can expect several magnitude 6 earthquakes every year, one magnitude 7 every 10 years, and a magnitude 8 every century. At 4:34am on 4 September 2010, Canterbury experienced an earthquake which measured 7.1 on the Richter Scale. Incredibly, no-one was killed. Some land moved 4 metres sideways in less than a second. Many old buildings in the city were destroyed. Many houses were severely damaged. Liquefaction caused havoc in certain areas. The effects will last for years.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-8, Nature of Science Levels 2-8; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5, Geography Levels 6-8

More Curriculum

Covers Achievement Standards from the new subject of Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as Science 1.16: Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event (In particular AS90955 - Assessment Resource 1.16B When Christchurch Shook); ESS 2.3: Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality; ESS 2.5: Demonstrate understanding of extreme Earth events

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Inquiry Topics: Canterbury, disasters, earthquake research, earthquakes, emergency management, faults, geographic issue, geohazards, geology, geomorphology, hazards, liquefaction, planning for earthquakes, plate tectonics, seismic monitoring

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