skip to content

More Information and Teaching Resources

There is so much more to learn about our fascinating planet and its exciting natural events: earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. We have scoured the web to find you some of what we think are the best learning and teaching resources out there.


USGS Earthquake Hazards Discover plenty of detailed information on earthquakes from the USGS.
USGS Earthquakes for Kids A great resource from the USGS, where you can find loads more information and activities on earthquakes.
USGS Latest Earthquakes See how many earthquakes have happened in the last day.
IRIS Earthquake Browser See where different types of earthquakes are happening in the world using this interactive map.
BGS UK earthquakes Check out this clear website from the BGS to learn more about earthquakes in the UK, and more earthquake info and teaching resources.
International Research Institute of Seismology An excellent set of online earthquake resources for teaching or outreach, from the International Research Institute of Seismology. Everything from animations to full lesson plans and posters.
Interactive map of active volcanoes and most recent earthquakes Find out which volcanoes are erupting right now? And where the most recent earthquakes are?


Catalogue of Icelandic volcanoes Find out more information about the volcanoes of Iceland.
Lava flow eruptions Discover lots of interesting and detailed information about lava flows, including activities and examples from Iceland.
Icelandic tectonics and volcanoes An interactive website, produced by the BBC, about Icelandic tectonics and volcanoes.
Volcano Top Trumps Learn about volcanoes by playing top trumps.


Earthquake magnitude: Using pasta to understand magnitudes

Earthquake magnitudes are a logarithmic scale, meaning that a magnitude 2.0 earthquake releases 32 times more energy than a magnitude 1.0 earthquake. This video explains logarithmic scales using pasta:

Volcano caldera formation

The dip in the middle of a volcano is called a caldera, but how and why does it form? This helpful video from the USGS explains why with a simple experiment:

How do seismometers work?

A great animation that shows the principles of how seismometers (the instruments that record earthquakes) work:

How do you locate an earthquake?

This video shows how we use earthquake wave arrival times to locate an earthquake: