The cause and effect of quakes
TORPOINT Community College has been raising money for victims of earthquakes across the world.
After recent earthquakes in China, Chile and Haiti, the South East Cornwall school has raised hundreds of pounds for ShelterBox, a Cornish charity which provides aid for victims of natural disasters.
QUAKE STUDIES : Left, Survivors of the Haiti earthquake using equipment provided by ShelterBox. Right, teacher Robin Bray with the seismometer which measures the scale of an earthquake
The school has felt compelled to help all people affected by such devastation as earthquakes — and pupils have also wanted to learn more about the natural disaster.
Pupils have been trying to raise as much cash as possible to help the victims through the ShelterBox charity.
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Robin Bray, 34, who is head of geography at Torpoint and used to work as a petroleum geologist for an oil company in London, not only has an interest in subjects like earthquakes but he has also been working alongside ShelterBox.
He said he wanted to support the charity due to the earthquake which struck Haiti earlier this year. He said the event hit him 'so hard'.
He said: "According to the UN Human Development Index, Haiti is the poorest country outside of Africa and is therefore really in need of help."
As a geologist, Mr Bray has studied the Earth and processes which operate the Earth. He said: "Earthquakes are an important process and, as we know, from watching television, they are a potential hazard to people and property."
Mr Bray's interests in the Earth have led him to The Earthquake Project, through a former colleague at the University of Plymouth, Dr Jodie Fisher.
The project — which looks into the effects caused by earthquakes — is facilitated by the university and funded by the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Britain Geological Survey.
Dr Iain Stewart, who presents BBC's Earth Science and who is a professor at the university, has also provided additional background knowledge to the project.
Throughout the project, Mr Bray has now become interested in an instrument called the 'seismometer', which measures the impact of an earthquake.
Schools across the world have seismometers — and Mr Bray has put one together at Torpoint, so he can teach pupils about earthquakes in the wake of the Haiti disaster.
Mr Bray said it is for pupils and teachers to share information with other schools so they can all help locate many earthquakes. But, he said, unfortunately earthquakes can not be predicted and can only be measured when they occur.
He said: "I am hoping to help students develop a better understanding of earthquakes, their physical processes and geology through using the seismometer."