Managing Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Key questions

  1. Where are earthquakes and volcanoes found?
  2. Why do earthquakes and volcanoes happen?
  3. How do they affect us?
  4. Why do people live near to earthquakes and volcanoes?

Unit Outline


Learning objective

  1. To describe how E&V are found in zones
  2. To explain how plates move
  3. To explain what happens when plates meet
  4. To create a stop animation film for one type of plate boundary
  5. To explain why Mt St Helens erupted
  6. To describe how Mt St Helens affected people
  7. To know that not all volcanoes are the same
  8. To describe how earthquakes affect people and to classify these impacts
  9. To explain why earthquakes have different impacts
  10. To know the causes and effects of the Asian tsunami
  11. To justify the responses to the Asian tsunami
  12. To explain why people live in E&V zones
  13. Revision
  14. Written assessment

Revision Help

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Revision checklist

Tectonic plates video

Mt St Helen’s song

Want to find out more?

Stop Disaster Game



Asian Tsunami

Create a virtual volcano

Make your own volcano

Challenge yourself

  • Volcanoes come in many shapes and sizes.
    • What are the different types?
    • How are they different from each other?
    • Why are there different types of volcanoes?
  • Disasters affect different countries in different ways. Many poorer nations suffer more than richer ones. If you were in charge of managing the recovery effort after an earthquake in a poorer country what would you do? Think about what your first priorities are but also think about limitations you have in terms of finance.