Earthquake Multimedia Resources

Welcome to the earthquake-related multimedia resource library where you will find links to books, articles, videos and audio clips to supplement the Master of Disaster learning resources. 

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B.C. earthquakes and the risk of a 'big one' — a scientific explanation

CBC Post Dec. 29, 2015 Sidney Island, BC earthquake, Johanna Wagstaffe explains types of BC earthquakes including the “big one”. Lower Vancouver Island, Southwest Mainland


Eric Walters (Author)

Fifteen-year-old Joshua has travelled from Toronto to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in order to help with a charity mission. Joshua finds himself at the very centre of a catastrophic earthquake.

Haiti (Canadian student point of view)
Jess and Sam's Earthquake Colleen Politano (Author) This book tells of a family living through a major earthquake. The dramatic story combines with activities and experiments to provide a fun learning experience so children understand not only the 'what' but also the 'how' and 'why' of surviving an earthquake. Knowing what to do encourages children to take the lead in ensuring that their family is indeed ready for the 'Big One". No specific region
Quakes!​ Catherine McMorrow (Author) San Francisco. Los Angeles. Tokyo. Anchorage. These four cities have all been walloped by major earthquakes. One city was hit back in 1906, another as recently as 1994. No matter when a big earthquake hits, it brings with it mass destruction. This engrossing Step 4 book shows us how earthquakes happen and how things changed in those cities forever. Includes fascinating historical photographs. No specific region


Neil Morris (Author) This book details why these events occur and how the right choice of foundations, design and building techniques can make the effects less catastrophic to populated areas. No specific region
Quakes Split the Ground Open Clare Oliver (Author) Describes the causes, destructive effects, detection, and safety aspects of earthquakes, as well as some of the major earthquakes that have occurred in our time. No specific region
Earthquakes Michele Ingber Drohan (Author, part of Natural Disasters series) Through the spectacular photography in these books, your students can witness the fiery trail of lava as it engulfs a mountainside and see the destruction caused when the earth quakes. Drohan brilliantly explains how and why these disasters occur, and how to stay safe if the reader should experience one. These books won't frighten your students - they'll fascinate them. No specific region

The Great Quake and the Great Drowning

Hakaii Magazine

The Great Quake and the Great Drowning. Explains the last large Cascadia Subduction Zone event (1700) from different points of view including: the Nuu-chah-nulth people, the Yurok people, the Makah people, the Talowa people and Geologists.

Cascadia Region (BC, Washington, Oregon, California)
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Natural Resources Canada YouTube channel NRCan

Earth sciences information, including videos on earthquake science, from Natural Resources Canada.


Making North America - The Cascadia Subduction Zone


Learn how a “ghost forest” in Washington State is evidence of one of the worst seismic events in North America.

Pacific Northwest & Cascadia Subduction Zone

The Shaking Table at UC Berkeley

PBS See how a “shake table” helps engineers make buildings and other structures safer during an earthquake. World-wide
Earthquake Magnitude Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Earthquake Magnitude: Using pasta to understand magnitudes. No specific region
Earthquakes 101 National Geographic Find out what causes earthquakes, why they're so deadly, and what's being done to help buildings sustain their hits. No specific region

ShakeOutBC: Taking Action before the Shaking Starts

Ocean Networks Canada Information on the technology behind and the testing of earthquake early warning systems. No specific region
The Giant Cascadia Earthquake of January 26, 1700: Detective Stories from North America and Japan USGS Lecture by Brian Atwater, USGS Seattle (1hr 44 min) No specific region

CATASTROPHIC Earthquakes: In a Crowded World

USGS Lecture by Thomas L. Holzer, USGS Research Geologist (1 hr 6 min) No specific region
1964 Quake: The Great Alaska Earthquake USGS Video highlighting the impacts and effects of America's largest recorded earthquake (11 min). No specific region
Shock Waves: 100 Years After the 1906 Earthquake USGS Emmy Award nominated USGS television program that aired on San Francisco's CBS-5 in April, 2006 during the week of the 100 year anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthquake. 46 min) No specific region
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Christchurch earthquake photo collection Fraser Becker Photos These photos documents the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and the recovery from them. Christchurch, NZ
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BBC Science: earthquakes BBC Media library with stories, videos, animations and more. No specific region
Earthquake Hazard Natural Resources Canada Suite of scientific background info on earthquakes, section specific to Western Canada. Western Canada
Today in Earthquake History USGS Information on historical earthquakes that have happened on/near each day. World-wide

Seismological terms

Natural Resources Canada Glossary of seismological terms Canada