Focus Skill 24: Know Different Kinds of Natural Hazards (e.g. Earthquakes,volcanoes, landslides).
a. Student will match pictures of cause and effect for natural hazards (flood, fire, drought, landslide, earthquake).
b. Student will identify cause and effect that natural disasters have on animals and plants.

Natural disasters happen all over the world. But depending on where you live, some types of disasters are more common than others.


We Live in California! It's a great state.

Despite the awesomeness of California, we always have natural disasters that occur. Because of that, it's important to be aware of what they are, how they affect us, and what we can do if one happens.
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An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves.

Earthquakes happen when the Earth's plates build up enough pressure between themselves to cause one of the plates to slip. Strikeslip-fault.gif

Some earthquakes are very small and hardly noticeable.

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Some are very noticeable.
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If we are experiencing an earthquake what is the first thing we should do?

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In California, especially in the area we live in, we also experience landslides.

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A landslide, also known as a landslip, includes a wide range of ground movements, such as rockfalls, deep failure of slopes and shallow debris flows. Landslides can occur in offshore, coastal and onshore environments.

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What kinds of things do you think may cause a landslide to happen?

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In case a landslide occurs, move away from the slide area.

Check for people who may be trapped or injured near the slide (without entering the actual area)
Check your radio, TV, or computer for the latest emergency information.

Another natural disaster that isn't very common in California but that we should be aware of...


A volcano hasn't erupted in California for almost 100 years.


This is Lassen Peak as it is today.

There are a few Volcanos left in California.

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(play youtube video on flooding)