This is a feature from the NASA/JPL Education Office.
Live Web Chat: Earthquakes - How, Where and Why?
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/JPL 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,
Mar. 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific.
Glasscoe is geophysicist who studies the long-term effects of
earthquakes and fault interactions using computer models. She
specializes in studying earthquakes in California.
Classrooms can participate in two ways. Students and teachers can
submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
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, come back to this Web page (http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/earthquakes-20100304.html
) and follow
the instructions below:
1. Bookmark the page. Come back on Thursday, Mar. 4 up to 10 minutes
prior to 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 will be a moderated chat. Questions and answers will be
screened by moderators before posting.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.