Live NASA Web Chat: Earthquakes — How, Where and Why?

The following Web Chat event is sponsored by the NASA JPL Education Office.

A magnitude 8.8 quake in Chile over the weekend is the latest in a spate of very large and deadly earthquakes. What causes these temblors? Is there any way to forecast them? Is the recent earthquake activity unusual? Earthquakes provide visible examples of plate tectonics in action.

Join NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Margaret Glasscoe live on the Web as she answers these questions and more. The text-based chat, intended for middle and high school students and teachers, will be on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.

Glasscoe is a geophysicist who uses computer models to study the long-term effects of earthquakes and fault interactions. She specializes in studying earthquakes in California.

Classrooms can participate in two ways. Students and teachers can submit questions in advance to or they can join in the live Web chat. A transcript of the live chat will be available after the program.

To participate in the live chat, go to this Web page and follow the instructions below:

1. Bookmark the page. Come back on Thursday, March 4, 2010, up to 10 minutes before the start of the chat. You will find the ” Earthquakes: How, Where and Why ” chat screen located below the gray box.

2. Create and enter a User Name that you will use during the chat.

3. Click “Connect.”

4. A window will open and tell you the status of the room. From there, you can post questions.

5. Please note that this chat will be a moderated. Questions and answers will be screened by moderators before posting.


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