Tectonic Hazards

What is it all about?

In this topic students will look at areas of the world where people are affected by earthquakes and volcanoes. They will gain understanding about the structure of the Earth, why earthquakes and volcanoes occur and how people cope living in these areas.

Students will learn:

  • The location of earthquakes and volcanoes in the world
  • The structure of the Earth
  • The theory behind plate tectonics
  • The different types of plate movement
  • Investigate why people live in hazardous areas
  • Limiting the impact of volcanoes and earthquakes

Assessment: End of unit practice exam

At the end of this unit of work students will undertake a practice exam based on this unit of work. This will be used to give some indication of how the student is progressing.


Visit the Living with Tectonic Hazards glossary for a list of keywords and their definitions.

Case studies that students will need to have learnt

Case studies are examples where theory can be put into reality and placed in context. Students are expected to be able to quote accurate information from case study examples.

Case studies for ‘Living with Tectonic Hazards’ are;

  • Kobe earthquake, 1995
  • Colombian earthquake, 1999
  • Turkey earthquake, 1999
  • Mount St Helens, 1980
  • Montserrat, 1997

Last Modified: 29-04-2008 23:23:08