Introduction to Environmental Geology (3) UC:CSU
Lecture, 3 hours
An examination of human-environment interaction focusing on natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanoes and pollution.
USGS Natural Hazards site: http://www.usgs.gov/natural_hazards/ (earthquake, volcano, landslide, wildfire, flood, tsunami, hurricane, geomagnetism pages)
Hazard City Website: http://www.hazardcity.com/
USGS Landslide Page: http://landslides.usgs.gov/
National Earthquake Info Ctr: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/
Southern Cal: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/sca/
The Great So Cal ShakeOut: http://www.shakeout.org/
Earthquake Country: http://www.earthquakecountry.info/
So Cal Earthquake Center: http://www.scec.org/
Cal Tech's Earthquake 101: http://pr.caltech.edu/events/eq101/workshop.html
What happens along a fault?:
Flood sites: http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program and http://www.noaawatch.gov/floods.php
NOAA's Tsunami site: http://tsunami.noaa.gov/
A little somethin' 'bout tsunamis (from a meteorologist): http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~nese/wxyz_Mar1611_TsunamiScience.mp4
FEMA's Tornado page: http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes
Tornado watches & warnings: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/wwa/
Hurricanes: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes & http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Smithsonian Magazine re. Lucy Jones: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Meet-Lucy-Jones-the-Earthquake-Lady.html
List the contents of a "good" earthquake preparedness kit (feel free to look to the web for suggestions; just make sure to cite your sources). A good kit (and therefore a good grade on this assignment) is customized to your particular needs.
Use the earthquake film we watched in class as inspiration to do an earthquake safety check of your home. Use photos to document what you discover. Feel free to use the web for inspiration, but again, cite your sources! Ask yourself how your house is protected and how it's not protected. What might you change to make it safer. Be specific to your house. Is your washing machine tethered to the wall? Is your house bolted to its foundation? What is your emergency plan with respect to communication with family/friends? This assignment can be applied to a single family home, condo or apartment.