Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan, March 2011

Students & teacher in classroom  The tragedy of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan may have your students wondering why such large catastrophes occur and how they might be affected by natural disasters. These resources will help you explain earthquakes, tsunamis and the resulting crises to your class. We have reference materials that explain the different causes of earthquakes, information on where earthquakes generally occur, and ways in which you and your class can help those affected by the destruction caused by the recent disaster in Japan.

General References

Activities & Worksheets

Safety Preparation Materials

Teaching Disasters & Crises

Maps of Asia

Show your students where Japan is located on one of these maps.

Japanese Culture

Other Natural Disasters

Be prepared for future wide-scale natural disasters with lessons and materials on volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes.

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