Earthquake Mystery Background: In MEDC’s there is a lot of money, time and effort spent on natural hazard awareness, with a disproportionate amount spent on earthquake safety. Yet when two earthquakes hit Japan in March 2011 and the capital city of the USA, Washington D.C. in August of 2011, it became apparent that while some younger people did the right thing and protected themselves and those around them, others did not. In the case of Japan, where the earthquake was severe and triggered a secondary hazard (a tsunami) the death toll and loss of livelihood was enormous. In the USA the earthquake was far smaller, but could have been worse. Your task is to sort out the correct action from the incorrect and to think about why this is so. Activities: 1. Listen to the recording of 911 calls at the time of the San Francisco earthquake in 1989. Fill out the worksheet to discover the level of chaos that was caused by the earthquake and what deaths and injuries were caused. 2. Open up your envelopes and sort through the information into what you think is correct behaviour or incorrect behaviour. Place these into a table in your books. 3. What secondary hazards were caused by the earthquakes (include information that you learned from listening to the 911 calls). Write a paragraph describing what these are. 4. Now think about what you have read. What excuses do many adults use to put off or ignore warnings about natural hazards? List these in your books. 5. Talk to your work partner and together, think of why warnings are ignored? Plenary/Homework: You are in charge of emergency planning for a city in an MEDC that experience earthquakes, create and carry out a campaign to get people involved in changing their actions to become safer. Use any medium (TV, radio, cinema adverts etc) to get your message across! You will have a week to carry out this task and you may work in a pair, but no larger! Good Luck!
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