An earthquake is a hard concept for children to understand. Growing up in California, I was subjected to earthquake drills for preparedness purposes. We knew the lingo about earthquakes since it’s part of everyone’s vocabulary that lives along major fault lines. If you reside in an area that is not prone to earthquakes, the idea of the ground shaking can be terrifying and difficult for children to understand.
Here are some resources you can use as you sit around the dinner table tonight to talk about the day’s events and use to answer questions in the days to come.
Elementary ages can develop a good understanding of what an earthquake is and what makes them occur with the University of Maryland’s Journey Through an Earthquake webquest. It describes plate techtonics, boundary separating along plates, seismic waves, and shows past quake damage through diagrams, photos and language that most elementary students can understand.