Where in the world? A closer look at earthquakes and volcanoes.

Our investigations into our active planet have unearthed lots of amazing facts about volcanoes and earthquakes. We know that several million earthquakes occur in the world each year but many go undetected because they hit remote areas or have very small magnitudes.  We know that around 50-60 detectable earthquakes occur each day (nearly 20,000 a year) and between 50 and 60 volcanoes erupt each year somewhere on Earth (about 1 every week).   Knowing where earthquakes and volcanoes largely occur, we wanted to see if we could plot these active areas on a world map.  

In table teams, children were tasked to work together to use an atlas to find and locate some of the world's most destructive volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and label each location on a blank word map.  This task enabled children to hone their atlas skills enabling them to become more confident using indexes and page coordinates and reinforcing their familiarity with compass directions, continents, countries and oceans. 

10 famous volcanoes (Mount Vesuvius, Krakatoa, Mount St. Helens, Mount Tambora, Mauna Loa, Eyjafjallajokull, Mount Pelée, Thera, Nevado del Ruiz, Mount Pinatubo).

10 deadliest earthquakes (1556: Shaanxi, China, 1976: Tangshan, China, 2004: Indian Ocean Tsunami, 1920: Haiyuan, China, 1923: Kanto, Japan, 1948: Turkmenistan, 2008: Sichuan Province, China, 2005: Kashmir, Pakistan, 1908: Messina, Italy, 1970: Chimbote, Peru).