Volcano (1997)

Concept featured in clip: The effect of earthquakes on people's lives; Mercalli-Simpson earthquake intensity scale
Location of clip: DVD: 0 - 11:35, 25:00 - 30:00


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Summary of clip: The scene begins with an illustration of a common day in southern California and two subsequent earthquakes of varying magnitude.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: During a mild earthquake and a much more intense earthquake, the scene shows how it affects people and their attitudes towards the events. The students can witness how earthquakes of different magnitudes affect people and their daily lives.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Compare how earthquakes affect people's lives.

i. Effect on homes

ii. Effect on engineers and their work

iii. Effect on media

iv. Effects in hospitals

v. Effects on utilities

b. What are people's attitudes before and after a low magnitude earthquake?

c. How do people's attitudes change between the first and second earthquake?

d. Is it likely that a volcanic eruption will occur with an earthquake in southern California with their specific tectonic setting?

2. You can show these clips and have the students research the relative intensities of earthquakes in different tectonic settings and identify globally where most earthquakes occur.