Focus On Earthquakes
Focus On Earthquakes
Provides a comprehensive description of the causes and consequences of earthquakes. Will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about earthquakes or as a great classroom supplement for any Earth science curriculum.
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You will Learn:

  • the causes of earthquakes and the relationship between earthquakes and faults
  • what earthquake waves are
  • how seismometers are used to detect earthquakes, locate their source, and measure their size
  • the damaging effects of earthquakes: tsunamis, firestorms, landslides, and liquefaction
  • about large historical quakes
  • earthquake prediction
  • the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonics

Features Include:

  • written by Edward J. Tarbuck and Frederick K. Lutgens; illustrated by Dennis Tasa
  • narrated animations that illustrate concepts
  • review quizzes that reinforce what has been learned
  • essay questions that encourage critical thinking
  • the Earthquake Tracker feature that displays recent earthquake activity on a 3D globe or 2D flat map
  • available as an interactive, multi-touch book on iBooks

Grade levels:

  • 7–13
System Requirements
iPad, iOS 9.3 or later

iBooks 2 or later on iPad, iOS 5 or later; on iPhone, iOS 8.4 or later; on Mac, OS X 10.9 or later


Tony Hoffman - - 5-star Outstanding rating

“…a great introduction to the subject, combining a globe showing recent earthquake activity with a comprehensive e-book packed with animations, images, and maps.”

common sense education

“…This content-rich Earth science resource uses a range of formats to engage kids and to support diverse learning styles…”

Greg Dawson - AppCraver - Score: 5.0/5

“Focus on Earthquakes is Perfect Interactive Study Aid for Students”

Children’s Technology Review - 4.7 stars out of 5

“This interactive Earth science textbook has an amazing and very useful feature -- a real time seismic globe that shows the most recent earthquakes, as they happen. …This is a great way to bring the outside world -- quite literally -- into your classroom.”

Jennifer Bogart - Apps For Homeschooling

“…a rich, comprehensive, upper level app for students of Earth science.¬†Whether used formally as a science supplement, or as a tool for research and delight-driven exploration, this app is sure to answer all your child’s questions about earthquakes…”
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
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