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Reading, Writing, and...Earthquakes?

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Rochester: Reading, Writing, and...Earthquakes?
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The earthquake in Chile over the weekend was of particular interest to some students at one Rochester high school.

When that 8.8 magnitude earthquake shook Chile to its core Saturday, many in Mr. Betancourt's science class at Monroe High School could not wait to get to school Monday. That’s because the classroom has a seismometer, which registered when the earth shook.

The device is an important tool in lessons taught there.

“The students have been very excited to come in the classroom,” said Betancourt, who’s taught at Monroe for five years.

It is one thing to learn about science and seismology from books. It's another experience altogether, to see it firsthand.

“It's very interesting,” said Robert Cannon, a junior. “You wouldn't think being all the way up here you would be able to actually see the magnitude of the earthquake.”

“It was interesting to know about Chile,” said Ashley Rivera, who’s also in her junior year. “It’s just cool.”

The setup at Monroe is part of the IRIS Institute of Seismography, which links information to classrooms all around the country. Betancourt says the school can keep the seismometer as long as it's still used in teaching.

If the world moves in mysterious ways, students in this class at least have a better understanding -- of why.

“We're, like, so far away from it,” said Rivera. “It's cool we get to see it here.”

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