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Magnitude X: Quake Science and Survival

Exploratorium

The not-to-be-missed "Magnitude X" series covers the science, structural engineering and human dimensions of earthquakes as only the Exploratorium would.

A sampling of our month-long collection of exhibits, demonstrations and activities, includes:

The 1906 Quake: Lessons Learned, Lessons Forgotten, and Future Directions
Meet with U.S. Geological Survey scientists to explore the 1906 magnitude-7.8 earthquake on the North San Andreas Fault, which marked the birth of modern earthquake science. Find out about lessons learned about earthquake activity as well as its implications for the future of the Bay Area.

San Francisco in Jell-O by Liz Hickok
Imagine a scale model of the city's iconic structures rendered in the translucent primary colors of Jell-O. Liz Hickok’s San Francisco in Jell-O is a shimmering, temporal crown jewel, complete with fog that resonates – literally – even ominously. As a medium, Jell-O is obviously underrated.

Ask the Geologists!
Geologists Mel Zucker and Richard Lambert answer your burning questions about seismology, tsunamis, plate tectonics, and other earthquakes.

Films: A Trip Down Market Street 1905 and Market Street After the Fire (1906) in the McBean Theater
See "A Trip Down Market Street 1905" (1905, 9 min., 16mm film) and "Market Street After the Fire" (1906, 4 min. mini-dv), and other archival, post-1906 films, with new sound by artist Dave Cerf, document the destruction of the earthquake on the San Francisco landscape.

It’s Our Fault: Preparing for the Big One
Activities are accessible in English, Spanish (12 Noon) and Cantonese (2 pm).
Design your earthquake kit with Neighborhood Emergency Response Team members. Learn about NERT’s training program, which has equipped 11,000 San Francisco residents to be self-sufficient in a major disaster.

Find out what causes earthquakes with Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty. See earthquakes pop up on an international map as they occur throughout the world. Join us as we explore the science of tectonic plates using chocolate!

Kids can explore the “Physics of Toys: Whole Lot of Shaking Going On” with rocks, dirt, and earthquakes.

A City Quakes: The San Francisco Earthquakes of 1906 and 1989
Experience a stereoscopic 3D earthquake presentation with Robert Bloomberg.

NPR's "Talk of the Nation" (radio program) airs live from the Exploratorium's McBean Theater. The topic is earthquakes. Free with museum admission. Seating is limited. Advance reservations required. Call (415) 561-0308.

NPR's "Science Friday with Ira Flatow" airs lives from the Exploratorium's McBean Theater. The topic is the science of earthquakes. Free with museum admission. Seating is limited. Advance reservations required. Call (415) 561-0308.

First at the Front: Emergency Responders
Task Force 4 of Alameda County’s Urban Search and Rescue Squad, active on the collapsed Cypress Structure in 1989, will share first-hand accounts of Loma Prieta, as well as their rescue tools and techniques. Check out Task Force 4’s “dog technology” in a live, interactive demonstration of rescue dogs.

Firefighters who battled the Marina Fire will talk about their innovative firefighting methods and rescue missions. The Red Cross will be on hand with a mobile unit to talk about their role in getting earthquake victims back on their feet. Meet Andy Swartzell of the Bay Area Disaster Medical Assistant Team (DMAT) and learn their role in emergencies.

Dog Heroes
Meet Jaeger, a real-life FEMA dog, and Shirley Hammond, a certified rescue dog trainer, and find out about the life of a working rescue dog. Hammond, author of the recently published Training the Disaster Dog, has been training rescue dogs for 29 years. She served in Loma Prieta rescue missions on the Oakland Cypress Structure, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco’s Marina District.

Be A Ham Radio Operator!
What is a ham radio? How were they used during 9/11 and the Loma Prieta Earthquakes? How are they different from AM/FM radios? Find out about this unique and crucial radio with members of the Auxiliary Communications Service. They will share the history of this communication system. You’ll have a chance to see and explore an actual ham radio. The Auxiliary Communications Service is a part of the Office of Emergency Services and is staffed by dedicated and skilled volunteers.

Built to Last: Structural Engineering Revealed
You may not ever think about structural engineering, but it’s a critical part of urban planning. Asraf Habibullah, founder and president of Computers and Structures, Inc. in Berkeley, will show us how computer modeling programs help engineers design buildings and bridges that will withstand major temblors. He’ll talk about why structural engineering matters to all of us, everyday.

Turing Tables, by German Artist Franz John
This art installation transforms real-time data on the several million earthquakes that happen each year into image and sound. In collaboration with sound artist Ed Osborn and the Goethe Institute.

Also check out Faultline, our new website dedicated to quake science and engineering.

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When

April 1-30, 2006
Saturday, April 1
- 1 pm: The 1906 Quake: Lessons Learned, Lessons Forgotten, and Future Directions
- All day: San Francisco in Jell-O by Liz Hickok

Saturday, April 8
- 12 Noon: Ask the Geologists!
- 2 pm: Films: "A Trip Down Market Street 1905" and "Market Street After the Fire" (1906) in the McBean Theater

Saturday, April 15
- All day: It’s Our Fault: Preparing for the Big One. Activities are accessible in English, Spanish (12 Noon) and Cantonese (2 pm).
- 1 pm: A City Quakes: The San Francisco Earthquakes of 1906 and 1989

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 from 11 am - 1 pm
NPR's "Talk of the Nation" (radio program) airs live from the Exploratorium's McBean Theater.

Friday, April 21, 2006 from 11 am - 1 pm
NPR's "Science Friday with Ira Flatow" airs lives from the Exploratorium's McBean Theater.

Saturday, April 22
- 12 Noon - 4 PM: First at the Front: Emergency Responders
- 1 pm: Built to Last: Structural Engineering Revealed
- 2 pm: Dog Heroes

Sunday, April 23 from 1 - 2 PM
Be A Ham Radio Operator!

April 1 – June 18, 2006
Turing Tables, by German Artist Franz John

Where

The Exploratorium
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Relevance

The Exploratorium uses the facts, history, and scientific lessons of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire as a jumping-off point for a contemporary understanding of earthquake science and survival.

Audience

General public. Cost: Museum admission.

Contact

Exploratorium, (415) 561-0363

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