Earth Science - Extreme Weather Quiz (Gr. 9-12)

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This quiz contains 12 general knowledge questions related to extreme weather (hurricane, tornado, flood, etc. ) and earthquake conditions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    'Ground shaking caused by the sudden release of accumulated strain by an abrupt shift of rock along a fracture in the earth or by volcanic or magmatic activity, or other sudden stress changes in the earth.'This statement best describes which event?
    • A. 

      A Tsunami

    • B. 

      A Volcanic Eruption

    • C. 

      An Earthquake

    • D. 

      Meteor impact

  • 2. 
    The Earth is divided into four main layers. Name these 4 layers ...
    • A. 

      Inner Core, Outer Core, Mantle and Crust

    • B. 

      Crust, Center Core, Lithosphere, Mantle

    • C. 

      Central Core, Toposphere, Mantle, Crust

    • D. 

      First, Outer, Inner, Last

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
    What is a Richter Scale?
    • A. 

      A physical device for measuring earthquake intensity

    • B. 

      A mathematical formula for measuring the intensity or magnitude of an earthquake

    • C. 

      A mechanism to guess the force of an earthquake

    • D. 

      A turbo-charged kitchen scale

  • 4. 
    A seismograph, or seismometer, is an instrument used to detect and record earthquakes.Is this statement TRUE or FALSE?
    • A. 

      False

    • B. 

      True

    • C. 

      Neither

  • 5. 
    A record written by a seismograph in response to ground motions produced by an earthquake, explosion, or other ground-motion sources is called a ????.
    • A. 

      Seismographic

    • B. 

      Seismograph Wave

    • C. 

      Seismogram

    • D. 

      An Electro-Cardiogram (EKG)

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 6. 
    The Saffir-Simpson scale is used to measure which of these?
    • A. 

      Speed of light

    • B. 

      Force of a volcanic eruption

    • C. 

      Speed of Hurricane force wind

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    Based on existing methods of measurement, how many Hurricane categories are there?
    • A. 

      Six

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      Unlimited

  • 8. 
    A Category-3 Hurricane is said to have sustained winds of 96 - 110 mph. Is this TRUE or FALSE?
    • A. 

      False

    • B. 

      True

    • C. 

      Neither

  • 9. 
    Tornadoes can be one mile wide and stay on the ground over 50 miles. Is this statement TRUE or FALSE?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Tornadoes are usually produced by which type of weather?
    • A. 

      Heatwaves

    • B. 

      Sub-zero temperatures

    • C. 

      Tsunamis

    • D. 

      Thunderstorms

  • 11. 
    If you are outdoors and a thunderstorm is in close proximity, what's the smartest and safest way to seek protection?
    • A. 

      Crouch down on your hands & knees facing West

    • B. 

      Find the nearest pool or river, dive in and hold your breath until the storm passes

    • C. 

      Seek shelter beneath a large tree

    • D. 

      Go quickly into a car or building and wait for the storm to pass

    • E. 

      Just reach for the good book of your choice and pray

  • 12. 
    Which of these destructive forces of nature has a VORTEX as on of it's key characteristics?
    • A. 

      A category 5 hurricane

    • B. 

      The epicenter of a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake

    • C. 

      A formed Tornado

    • D. 

      The second wave of a tsunami

    • E. 

      All of the above

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