Earthquake Participant Activity


Category: Simulations
Code: 228

Earthquake is designed to promote group problem solving, consensus decision making, and an understanding of group dynamics.

Earthquake is designed to promote group problem-solving, consensus decision making, and an understanding of group dynamics. It is a simulation exercise that asks participants to first solve the problem individually and then as a group making consensus decisions. The scores are then compared against an expert ranking and demonstrate that effective teams generally produce better outcomes than individuals alone.

Includes normative data and background information on earthquakes.

Participants respond to the following story-line:

'You and five co-workers are in the basement library of your downtown office building finishing a presentation for a meeting the next morning. The building shakes violently. There has been a major earthquake. You begin to pick yourselves up and assess the damage.'

Participants determine appropriate steps to ensure their survival in order of importance, as well as those that should be avoided.

There are breaks between each section to allow the facilitator the flexibility to use only those sections that would be helpful to his/her facilitation process. 


• Provide stand-alone team-building training

• Use as warm-up activity in larger training designs

• Assessment centres

• Evaluating the success of team development processes

• An on-job team skills ‘refresher’.

Aviat Team Survival Activities

The Team Survival Activities provide a stimulating and energising approach to building core skills in team working. They also help participants explore the power of team synergy and it's energising effects. Use the Team Survival Activities when you want your team members to learn about synergy, problem-solving, communication, leadership and conflict management. The expert rankings provide closure on the decisions made and help the participants focus on their immediate learning as well as looking at how to transfer learning back to the work-place.

Attribute name Attribute value
FORMAT Simulation
OBJECTIVE To learn about group process and decision making
AUDIENCE All organisation members
TIME REQUIRED 1 to 1½ hours
AUTHOR D. Joseph Fisher, Ph.D. & D. Dawn Peters