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2009 - Student Letters & Final Reports

Ms Tiffany Jenkin's class, Lincoln Middle School, McLellanville, South Carolina, USA

Ms. Nanette Blank's class, Natural Learners, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, USA

Mr. Zach Heald's 6th grade class, Rock Falls Middle School, Rock Falls, Illinois, USA

Ms. Anita Burt's 7th grade class, Anderson Preparatory Academy, Anderson, Indiana

Ms. Donna Cole, Edison Elementary School, Washington State, USA

Mr. Fred Ankersen, Melbourne, Florida, USA

Ms. Dorothy Clouser, 6th Grade Class, St Teresa School, Titusville, Florida, USA

Ms. Jennifer Mott, Myrtle Grove Middle School, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Ms. Nanette Blank's class, Natural Learners, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, USA
   

The Honorable Barack Obama

713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear President Obama:

I have found most to certain good news. One you ask me if there is a pattern to earthquakes, and my answer is yes. Earthquakes seem to occur along the Pacific coastline of the United States.

You second question was if there a way to determine where an earthquake will be, was answered in the first question.

The third question was, "Is there a relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes?" May answer is that I believe there is.

Your last question was what casues earthquakes. The answer is that there ar things called plates and they put pressure against one another until one dops up and shakes the earth making an earthquake.

Now that I have answered all your questions, if you need my help again please call.

Elaine B

 

Dear Mr. President,

I am sure that your time is very valuable, so I shall get straight to the point. The most recent earthquake of the greatest magnitude was a 7.6 off the northern coast of Indonesia. The places most affected by earthquakes are as follows: the Western coast of South America, the Western coast of North America, Hawaii, the Southern coast of Asia, Indonesia, and the South-Western coast of Europe.

We can tell which parts of the world are most affected by looking at previously recorded data, which we collect by using a seismograph, which measures the magnitude of ground tremors.

Earthquakes can happen for various reasons, the greatest being the movement of the Earths tectonic plates when two or more of them rub against each other as they shift. Anywhere along the edge of any plate is susceptible to earthquakes.

The parts of the world most prone to Earthquakes lay along the southern edge of the Eurasian plate, the Western edge of the Pacific plate and the Western edge of the South American plate.

If an earthquake is powerful enough it can even trigger a volcanic eruption by squeezing the magma out of its underground recesses with its shaking and giving it the boost it needs to reach the surface. If you have any more questions or would like further illumination on this subject, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to answer all questions to the very best of our abilities.

Yours Truly,

Paige T, Head Scientist, United States Geological Survey

 

Dear Mr. President,

I have documented the strong earthquakes that have occurred from November 25th through December 2nd. Many of the earthquakes occurred on islands and on or near coasts, especially in the Tonga Region and islands in the North Pacific.

Earthquakes are more likely to occur near areas of high volcanic activity, and yes, the two are related, because they both depend on tectonic activity,and both occur in areas where seafloor and continental plates meet. Also, earthquakes are most likely to occur on both coasts of the Pacific Ocean, the Ring of Fire’s location. The Ring of Fire gets its name because it is known for its high amount of both earthquake and volcanic activity.

Earthquakes occur because of the disturbance in the movement of plates below the earth’s crust. This can be caused by various things, such as cracks in the plates or by volcanic eruptions that affect the plates.

Sincerely,

Jessica

   
Mr. Zach Heald's 6th grade class, Rock Falls Middle School, Rock Falls, Illinois, USA
Class letters (.doc)  
   
Ms. Anita Burt's 7th grade class, Anderson Preparatory Academy, Anderson, Indiana
 
Aaron L Jarred B

Abigail

Matthew J
Alexandria Taylor W
Eliana Terrell B
Evan D Tyler B
Haley Z Walter V
   
  Fred Ankersen, Melbourne, Florida, USA
  Earthquakes 2009 (.xls)  
   
     
 

Dear President Obama,

I am sure that your time is very valuable, so I shall get straight to the point. The most 8.2 in Shaanxi china on 1. 23.09 The places most affected by earthquakes are as follows: the Western coast of South America, the Western coast of North America, Hawaii, and the Southern coast of Asia, Indonesia, and the South-Western coast of Europe.

We can tell which parts of the world are most affected by looking at previously recorded data, which we collect by using a seismograph, which measures the magnitude of ground tremors.

Earthquake are made by the tectonic found mainly in the sea of some places listed above... some of the earthquakes can be so bad that they can kill people! Some you can’t even feel! Some leave damage some bad enough to leave some homeless. Some can leave no damage at all!

The parts of the world most prone to Earthquakes lay along the southern edge of the Eurasian plate, the Western edge of the Pacific plate and the Western edge of the South American plate.

If an earthquake is powerful enough it can even trigger a volcanic eruption by squeezing the magma out of its underground recesses with its shaking and giving it the boost it needs to reach the surface. If you have any more questions or would like further illumination on this subject, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to answer all questions to the very best of our abilities.

Here are some cool facts about earthquakes!=]

  • The largest recorded earthquake in the United States was a magnitude 9.2 that struck Prince William Sound, Alaska on Good Friday, March 28, 1964 UTC.
  • The largest recorded earthquake in the world was a magnitude 9.5 (Mw) in Chile on May 22, 1960.
  • The earliest reported earthquake in California was felt in 1769 by the exploring expedition of Gaspar de Portola while the group was camping about 48 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Los Angeles.
  • Before electronics allowed recordings of large earthquakes, scientists built large spring-pendulum seismometers in an attempt to record the long-period motion produced by such quakes. The largest one weighed about 15 tons. There is a medium-sized one three stories high in Mexico City that is still in operation.
  • The average rate of motion across the San Andreas Fault Zone during the past 3 million years is 56 mm/yr (2 in/yr). This is about the same rate at which your fingernails grow. Assuming this rate continues, scientists project that Los Angeles and San Francisco will be adjacent to one another in approximately 15 million years.

Yours Truly, Nicole& Tyler, Mr. Fred Ankersen’s Class, Port St. John Florida

 
 

Interview

Have you ever been in an earthquake?? Yes

Was it BIG!?!?(Magnitude) 3 or 4

What did it feel like?? Weird. I thought that it was my vision

Were you scared?? Yes. I was more of excited!

Did you fall?? I rode it out I was on the 3 rd floor

Was there much destruction?? Not really, a couple of things fell off the building. They had a hurricane a few months before. So I was prepared for it.

Where were you?? Chinghai Taiwan

Did you know what was happening?? Not at first like 2 seconds later I finally realized "Hey I'm in an earthquake!"

How long did it last?? 5 to 10 seconds, but it seems A LOT longer when it was happening

Were you with anyone?? No. Well there were Chinese person in the quart yard, besides that no

How did they feel?? Chinese people in the quart yard were freaking out!!

How did you react?? Cool, I was surprised; I had felt nothing like it!!!

Did you lose electricity?? No. Before they lost electricity for 14 days so they built around it

Was there any after shocks?? Yes a day later

If so how many?? 1

Was there a crack on the ground?? No it was not that bad!!!

Would you ever want to experience one again?? Maybe if it was small again, no if it would be big!!!

How far away was it?? Unknown

Could you see it?? In a city 3 rd floor.

-Nicole &Tyler

Mr. Ankersen’s Class

Port St. John Florida

Interviewed- Ms. Kensinger, Teacher

 
   
  Ms. Donna Cole, Edison Elementary School, Washington State, USA
  Alissa (.doc) Joel (.doc)  
 

Devin (.doc)

Tanner (.doc)  
  Easton (.doc) Tye (.doc)  
  Gabe (.doc)    
  Hannah (.doc)    
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  Janell (.doc)    
   
  Ms. Dorothy Clouser, 6th Grade Class, St Teresa School, Titusville, Florida, USA
  Alan (.doc) Arek (.doc)  
  Sarah (.doc) Becca (.doc)  
  Andrew (.doc)

Courtney

 
  Megan (.doc) Mindy (.doc)  
  Katelyn (.doc)    
  Grant (.doc)    
  Alex (.doc)    
  Kyle S (.doc)    
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  Ms. Jennifer Mott, Myrtle Grove Middle School, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
  Amanda (.doc) Huston (.doc)  
  Ashley (.doc) Megan (.doc)  
  Charity (.doc) Nicholas (.doc)  
  Dane (.doc) Peyton (.doc)  
  Erin (.doc) Ruby (.doc)  
  Fahad (.doc) Tyler (.doc)  
  Hannah (.doc)    
   
  Ms. Tiffany Jenkins 8th grade class, Lincoln Middle School, McLellanville, South Carolina, USA
   
 

Dear President Obama,

For the last past week I have learn about earthquakes and volcanoes. We studied earthquakes that were 4.0 magnitude and greater. The data that I get tells me that most earthquakes occur along the Indo-Australian and Philippine Plates. You might think that all earthquakes happen in one place, but they don't depending on the area. The two high risk earthquake zones are located in the Indo - Australian and Philippine boundaries. I think that there is a correlation between tectonic plates and earthquakes because you have to have tectonic plates to have an earthquake. The reason is because when two plates meet at times they transform and make them push each other. This makes the energy that makes the movement of the earthquake.

Your Friend, Nicki

 

Dear President Obama,

In my 8 th grade science class we have been learning about where recent earthquakes have occurred and what places they are occurring the most. To find out where earthquakes had occurred, our teacher went online and we plotted on a map where different earthquakes of 4 or above are prone to happen. Some of those earthquakes happened near the Philippines and Asia. Usually they appeared in the United States too, near California. When I look at my map, I could tell that several earthquakes occurred all over the world. They mostly occur in the Oceania and North Pacific Ocean. I sometimes think in class if there is a relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes. I learned that there is a similarity and a difference between these two. Volcanoes form when plates push toward each other, while earthquakes form when plates slide past each other. The location of an earthquake is along the fractures in the Earth’s crust. Volcanoes happen at plate boundaries, similar to earthquakes, where huge rocks meet at Earth’s lithosphere. Both earthquakes and volcanoes cause deaths, destroy buildings and cause new beginnings. What causes the earthquakes is when two plates come together and break the surface.

So you can see, I hope this answers all your questions Mr. President and I hope you enjoy reading my letter and learning the fun of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Sincerely, Valera

 

Dear President Obama,

My class has answered your questions on where earthquakes most occur at. We had to graph earthquakes four and above from all over the world. Our class found out that they occur all over the world. Most of the earthquakes that are higher than four occur in the North Pacific Ocean, so that part of the world is most prone to them. The most recent earthquakes occur in Samoa and Indonesia. The relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes is that they both occur on plate boundaries and some volcanoes occur in the same places as the earthquakes did. What’s causing the earthquakes is the moving of plates underneath the surface. It’s also caused by the primary and secondary waves that forms when the rocks breaks.

Sincerely, Preshia

 

Dear President Obama,

I want to tell you about earthquakes and where they have recently occurred. In my science class we were plotting earthquakes from the magnitude of four and up on a world map. We plotted the earthquakes using the latitude and longitude points, and then we found what region or continent it was on. I found that most of the earthquakes tend to take place in the North Pacific Ocean by Asia, and Australia boundaries. Only a few earthquakes occurred by the outer banks of our country. Also, volcanoes and earthquakes have a relationship because they both are destructive, and they both form at plate boundaries. The differences between both of them are, the earthquakes cause shifts or landslides in the earth, and volcanoes just burn down anything in its path and its one good thing about it, they make new land and new island. The causes of earthquakes are when two plates collide and set off a signal of waves that are sent to a seismograph. These waves cause major destruction to the town or country nearby. So now I want you to be aware of earthquakes and you can probably use these notes to help you figure out where a nearby earthquake is taking place at, so I hope this helps you Mr. President!

Sincerely, Jaq’Coy

 

Dear Mr. President

In my honors class we have answered your questions about earthquakes. We have discovered that most earthquakes of a magnitude of 4.0 or above occur in the North Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. The most common places are Indonesia and Samoa regions.

There is a way to determine which parts of the world are most prone to earthquakes. It is mostly the areas that are on-top of or close to the plate boundaries. What cause earthquakes, are the plates as they move. They move or shift which results in an earthquake. They move in three different ways, which are known as diversion, conversion, and transform.

Sincerely, Travon

 

Dear Mr. President

I know you were looking for some answers to your questions and these are it. For number one, the most earthquakes that are at a magnitude of 4.0 or above occur in the Oceania and in the North Pacific Ocean. Earthquakes of this magnitude are more likely to occur in certain locations. For number 2, there is a way to determine what parts of the Earth are more prone to earthquakes because these regions are near fault lines (boundaries). For number 3, they is a relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes, for one they are both made by the movement of the same thing which are plates. Volcanoes are made when two plates come together which is called compression. And when the plates slide past each other they rub and make the Earth’s surface shake, we know this as an earthquake. And the last question, the causing of earthquakes is that the plates move and slide pass each other which make the surface shake or rumble, which we know as an earthquake. I hope this answers all your questions.

Sincerely, Tamel

 

Dear President,

During the first nine weeks we have been studying earthquakes. In this present day we know earthquakes occur all over the place. Especially in California, they might not be big ones that cause a lot of damage, hurt or seriously injury someone. When we’re in class we plot some earthquakes that were a magnitude of 4 and above. These earthquakes occurred most often in Indonesia, Samoa or islands in the North Pacific and Indian Ocean. You can tell why they occur though. If you look at a map just with the plate boundaries, you see why they occur from how close they were to the fault line. Sometimes they occur directly on top of the plate. Some people think that volcanoes and earthquakes have to relationship, but guess what, they do. If you look at the facts of earthquakes and volcanoes they occur along the fault lines. You might think that’s not really anything, but that’s just the icing on the cake. Last but not least you have all this information but not what causes earthquakes. An earthquake is caused from the two plates shearing pass one another and shearing means when they rub against each other causing vibrations. When those vibrations occur it sends that vibration motion to shake the land that we stand on. This may result in things falling, causing cars to collide, and houses to fall apart, and people to get killed. That sounds very bad, but that’s just life, at least I’m glad we don’t have as terrifying of earthquakes that occur here in Charleston.

Sincerely, ShaTori

 

Dear President Obama,

Hi my name is Imani. I am 13 years old and I’m in the 8th grade.

From what my research shows me earthquakes that have a magnitude of 4.0 or above occur around the North Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and South America. Some parts of the world that are prone to these strong earthquakes are Tonga and Indonesia. Earthquakes and volcanoes have important similarities. Some similarities are that they occur in some of the same places. Also, that they are on the same plate boundaries. Earthquakes are caused by one plate sliding under the other which causes the plate to push up against each other and the earthquake starts there.

So Mr. President, that’s how I determine when earthquakes occur and where they occur.

Sincerely, Imani

P.S. Post my letter on the web site, please. Thank you.

 

Dear Mr. President Obama,

I am proud to be chosen as the person to answer your questions about earthquakes. I don’t want to waste any time, so I shall go straight to the answering.

The most recent earthquakes have happened along the Pacific coastline of the United States.

To determine where earthquakes in the world are most prone you would have to use a seismograph. It is an instrument which measures the magnitude of ground tremors where the seafloors and tectonic plates meet. Tectonic plates are massive slabs of rock that stretches along the Earth’s lithosphere. Earthquakes and volcanoes need this activity to happen or erupt.

An earthquake is caused by tectonic plates rubbing together, cracks in the plates, or volcanic eruption that might affect the plates.

If there are any more questions you need answered you can feel free to have me answer them.

Thank you, Samantha

 

Dear Mr. President,

President Obama, in the past few weeks I have been doing some research on earthquakes and volcanoes. I am going to answer the questions you have asked me to research.

Most of the earthquakes are occurring in the Philippines, South and North America. The areas that are most prone to earthquakes are near ocean trenches, fault lines, and plate boundaries. Earthquakes and volcanoes are related if you look at a map of earthquakes around the planet and compare it to a map of volcanos, you’ll find that they match closely. Both earthquakes and volcanoes occur at the boundaries of tectonic plates which make up the Earth’s surface.

I hope I have answered your questions about earthquakes and volcanoes. If you have any other questions please contact me.

Yours Sincerely, Deandra

 

Dear Mr. Obama,

During the first nine weeks of school our 8th grade science class is studying Earthquakes. Most of the earthquake, with the magnitude if 4.0 or above, occurs along the North Pacific Ocean, Samoa, Alaska, and North America. It is more likely to occur in certain places because if it occurs a lot in the same place it is a possibility that it is a common spot. I think that the north pacific is the most prone to them because I have plotted a lot around the area. There is a positive correlation between earthquakes and volcanoes because it seems that volcanoes occur in the same region as earthquake. The cause is that most of the earthquake lay on a plate.

Sincerely, Myesha

   
   
   
 

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