Teaching Students About Japan's Devastation

While the world prays for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we as educators owe it to our students to help them understand the power of the devastation. I've come across a few really helpful sites to help teachers do this.

The New York Times has before and after photos of Japan on their site. Each photo has an interactive slider that students can move back and forth to see the before and after effects:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html

You and your students can learn all about the Tsunamis from How Stuff Works at:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/tsunami.htm

There is a great interactive simulator at:
http://chair.pa.msu.edu/applets/tsunami/tsunami.html

The Discovery Channel has an excellent interactive earthquake simulator at:
http://dsc.discovery.com/guides/planetearth/earthquake/interactive/interactive.html

Finally, ShakeZone from California State University Northridge, has a slew of earthquake links for learners at:
http://www.ecs.csun.edu/~shustov/ShakeZone.htm

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