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Natural Disaster Research


You have been selected by the "Organization for the Occurrence of Natural Disasters" to be a researcher. Your job is to investigate the world's natural disasters. The task you have been given is to describe the event (hurricane, tornado, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, etc.), the causes of such events, important historical occurrences, and what, if anything, can be done to lessen the impact when these events occur.




Your job is to find the information using the Internet to research the eighteen topics below. As you research, record your informations on the Natural Disaster Information Log sheet (click for handout). Once this is done, the information gathered in your "log" will be used to create a multimedia presentation describing your findings.

Information to find:

  1. define your natural disaster.
  2. what are the causes of it.
  3. how it is formed.
  4. where does it come from.
  5. what takes place during the disaster.
  6. what scientific process causes this to occur.
  7. what is the scientific background behind the disaster.
  8. how many different types/magnitudes are there.
  9. what are the differences in these types/magnitudes.
  10. what are some of the major natural disasters of this kind that have occurred in your lifetime.
  11. what was the worst disaster of this kind in history.
  12. what are some other notable disasters through out history.
  13. what was effects/impact of the disaster on humans .
  14. what was the economical impact.
  15. what were the effects/impact on the environment.
  16. what tools and methods are used to predict this natural disaster.
  17. are signals used to warn people of a disaster that is about to occur.
  18. is there evidence of animals sensing this natural disaster before it occurs. Explain.


Step 1:

The first step in the process of completing the task consists of completing research by visiting the web sites located in the "Resources" area of this webquest.

Step 2:

Complete the questions on the handout to guide your research. Be prepared to hand in.

Step 3:

Complete a multimedia presentation (Power Point) on the information you have found. Be prepared to present this information to the "Organization for the Occurrence of Natural Disasters" (your classmates). For the requirements for each slide, see Evaluation.

Step 4:

Present your findings to "The Organization" (classmates) on (Due Date to be Determined)

The following is a list of resources that will aid you in your research.

General Resources

Natural Disasters by Death Rate
Top 100 Disasters of the 20th Century








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General Resources on Volcanoes
(visit the following sites first to enhance your understanding of volcanoes)

General Resources on EarthQuakes
(visit the following sites first to enhance your understanding of Earthquakes)

General Resources on Tsunami

Tsunami: An interactive guide that could save your life

Interactive: How a tsunami forms | NBC News

Research Volcanoes

 Research EarthQuakes
Research Tsunamis

Krakatoa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Lists of earthquakes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Tsunami - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Mount Etna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Largest Earthquakes in the World Since 1900


List of historic tsunamis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Deadly Tsunamis - List of the World's Ten Deadliest Tsunamis

 Mount Tambora

Mount Tambora - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


NOVA | Wave That Shook the World | PBS

 Mauna Loa

Mauna Loa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Mount Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Nevado del Ruiz

Nevado del Ruiz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How Volcanoes Work - the Nevado del Ruiz eruption

Fresh Eruption From Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz Volcano

Minoan eruption - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Mount Pelée

Mount Pelée - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How Volcanoes Work - the eruption of Mt. Pelee, Martinique


Eyjafjallajökull - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Yellowstone Supervolcano

Yellowstone Caldera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Volcano Questions & Answers - Yellowstone National Park


Santiago Volcano, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador 


Kīlauea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Introduction to Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i


Mount Aso - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 South Sister

Three Sisters (Oregon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Three Sisters (Oregon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia