Every year, earthquakes cause death and destruction worldwide. These natural disasters may be mitigated, however, by insightful and creative engineering. Engineers first determine where earthquakes are likely to occur, and how severe they are likely to be. They use three seismographs in a process called triangulation to determine earthquake epicenters. Using historical seismographs, engineers forecast the strength or magnitude of earthquakes and make predictions and determine building codes and safety protocols.

Scientists and engineers around the globe gather data through observation and experimentation and use it to describe and understand how the world works. The Earthquakes Living Lab gives students the chance to track earthquakes across the planet and examine where, why and how they are occurring. Using the real-world data in the living lab enables students and teachers to practice analyzing data to solve problems and answer questions, in much the same way that scientists and engineers do every day.