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Natural Hazards and Disasters

The Disaster Area
Learn about nine different natural disasters. The aim of this site is to teach kids to be prepared. After visiting all the different disasters, take the quiz to see how much you've learned.

Earthquake Facts and Follies
Here you can find the answers to some of the common questions asked about earthquakes. Find out the facts, and hear about the fiction!

Earthquakes for Kids
Kids can learn all about earthquakes, interesting facts and earthquake preparedness. Take a quiz or complete a survey.

Flash Flood
This site explains what a flash flood is and the different types of flood. It also has information on flood preparedness and links to other flood sites.

Plate Tectonics
This is a link for older students. It explains about the plates that form the earth's crust, and how they play a role in volcanoes and earthquakes.

Potentially Active Volcanoes
This multimedia map shows the potentially active volcanoes in the United States. It is part of the National Atlas. Click on any volcano for more details, including a photograph.

The Terrible Power of Earthquakes
View details about what earthquakes are, where and why they occur and the damage they cause. There are good pictures accompanying the explanations. This is a commercial site, but the information is clear and simple.

Volcanoes Exhibit
This site is more for older children. It explains how volcanoes form and why they erupt. The site has a lot of activities for you to do, from melting a virtual rock, to deciding if it's safe to build a house near a volcano.

Weather Gone Wild
Every type of wild weather is described here, including blizzards and avalanches.

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