6th Grade Earthquake Museum

Welcome to the IHM Earthquake Museum!

In 6th grade, we are learning more about earthquakes: why they occur, the different types of seismic activity, and the imapact they have on our society. Check out our group's posts below to explore our "Museum" of famous quakes.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

What is an earthquake?


Why do earthquakes happen?


Seismic waves - P, S, and Surface


Richter & Mercalli Scales, what's the difference?


Earthquake Hunter: where to look


hebgen lake earthquake

when- August,17,1959

where- Montana

tectonic plate- north american




1906 San Francisco Earthquake

It happened at 5:12a.m on Wednesday,April 18,1906 in San Francisco.

The Pacific plate and the North American plate hit each other.

Richter 7.8. Mercalli measured damage XI.


                                                                           Ranks as one of the worst natrual disasters in US history and one of the most significant earthquakes of all times.

As a result, about 3,000 people died.

Over 80% of San Francisco was destroyed.

Destroying more than 28,000 buildings.

The quake ruptured the San Andreas fault to the north and south of the city, for a total of 296 miles, and could be felt from southern Oregon to Los Angeles and inland to central Nevada.

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It happend on March 27 1964 05:36 p.m.local time

The Magnitude is 9.2

The epicenter was located at Lat. 61.04N, Lon. 147.73W

The north American and Juan de fuca plate caused the earthquake

Five Facts

1. 139 deaths accord

2. The Earthquake lasted 38 seconds

3. It Destroyed the village Chenga

4. The Earthquake was mostly around Prince William Sound

5. Destroyed about 75 private houseshttp://i.livescience.com/images/i/000/064/249/original/1964_0328.jpg?1395900952http://www.adn.com/sites/default/files/styles/ad_slideshow_normal/public/1964%20Alaska%20Earthquake%2010.jpg?itok=5nPsCrH6

 It happend July 28 1976    It was 7.8 on the richter scale    and it was 7.1 on the mercalli scale

242,000 people died

The earthquake lasted 14 to 16 secondsIt was followed by a 7.1 after shock.


About 500,000 people were injured.                                                                                                The electrical system failed



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