Earthquakes are coming! See what's shakin' at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps this fall. Become a seismic sleuth as you explore earthquakes in the new interactive exhibit, Earthquake! Life on a Restless Planet, open at the aquarium beginning November 20.
Through hands-on displays and activities, visitors can get the scoop on these underground temblors. They will have the opportunity to create and record their own earthquake, construct buildings and test their strength, make seismic waves, and try to beat the clock in the "Living with Earthquakes" challenge.
California is earthquake country, and scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are actively engaged in the study of earthquakes, research that has many practical and potentially life-saving applications. This fascinating research will be featured in Birch Aquarium's newest exhibit, where guests can explore what causes earthquakes, why some areas of the world are prone to earthquakes, and why they can be so destructive. Guests can explore beneath Earth's surface to get an in-depth look at what happens below ground when an earthquake hits.
"Earthquakes are part of life in California," said Nigella Hillgarth, executive director of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. "Scientists here at Scripps Oceanography are leaders in earthquake research, and this exhibit allows the public to explore the latest discoveries, while learning more about San Diego's faults and how Scripps scientists are working to improve techniques for forecasting large earthquakes."
Scripps Institution of Oceanography's cutting-edge earthquake research and scientific tools will be highlighted in this exhibit, as visitors witness Earth's seismic activity in real time using the state-of-the-art technology used by scientists in the field and in their labs. Earthquake! will also address how you can best prepare for a major trembler.
Earthquakes are a powerful force of nature and a reminder of the constant battles being waged miles below Earth's surface as tectonic plates grind and shift past one another.
Southern California experiences about 10,000 earthquakes each year. Although most are too small to be felt, earthquakes are California's most expensive disasters, costing the Golden State more than $60 billion in losses since 1971.
Earthquakes continue to fascinate and terrify us-and there is always more to discover about these natural disasters. Visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps this fall to experience "Earthquake! Life on a Restless Planet" and find out what all the rumbling is about.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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