Educational Outreach Strategy involves K-12 students in earthquake hazard research



NASA has been making precise geodetic measurements to assess earthquake hazard associated with the subduction zone process in Alaska since 1984. In 1995, a new strategy for making geodetic measurements was implemented that included local residents in the measurement program, and in 1997, the program was expanded to include teachers and students at five high schools. For the inhabitants of Alaska, understanding the hazards and underlying physical processes associated with earthquakes has immediate personal relevance. Large earthquakes occur yearly, great earthquakes have occurred during the lifetime of many residents, and the weekly testing of the tsunami warning system in coastal towns is a reminder of the devastation caused by earlier tsunamis generated near Alaska and a cautionary note about future inundation.