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.