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Does Your Class Have Questions About Earthquakes?

Does Your Class Have Questions About Earthquakes? These images show the effects of the tsunami on Japan's coastline. The image on the left was taken on Sept. 5, 2010; the image on the right was taken on March 12, 2011, one day after an earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the island nation. Image Credit: German Aerospace Center (DLR)/Rapid Eye Larger image

March 15, 2011

Here is the archive of the Earthquake web chat for students:

You can also temporarily watch a Quicktime video here: Quake Chat (231Mb) .

Background information: With Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami uppermost in peoples' minds, the Education Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is hosting a live video chat about earthquakes.  We are seeking questions from students about earthquakes and how scientists study them. Please limit your questions to the topic of earthquakes.

Questions should be sent to They must be received by Wed., Mar. 16, at 3 p.m. Pacific. Educators will be contacted if their student's question is selected for the program. Please note, we will make our best effort to answer all selected questions but due to time, there is no guarantee that all selected questions will be answered. Please include a class name or student first name with each question.

The 30-minute program will air on Friday, Mar. 18 at 10 a.m. Pacific. Classrooms and the general public can watch the program at . The program will also be archived on the same web page.

Our expert will be Greg Lyzenga, a JPL geophysicist and a Professor of Physics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. Greg studies earthquakes and how computer models may help understand how Earth responds to shifts in tectonic plates.

Our chats are fairly fast-paced to allow as many questions as possible. Please see an archive of a recent chat to see if this will work for your class: .

To see a collection of space-based images that show the aftermath of the Mar. 11 earthquake and tsunami, go to .