seismic readout line

Namazu, Japanese giant fish thought to cause earthquakes

This image, and hundreds of other paintings, woodcuts, drawings, etchings and photographs of historical earthquakes, Comprise the Kozak Collection at the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Don't miss the Preface to the Collection by Dr. Bruce Bolt, author of four works on our Resources pages.



Large enough so you can see the Rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts, which houses the Exploratorium, behind a building fallen to its knees in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. This photo by Tim Baker was provided courtesy of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Our museum is built on the last scrap of original ground west of the landfill that makes up most of San Francisco's Marina District (see Filling In the Marina for details) and suffered only very, very minor damage -- a three-foot crack in the concrete floor. When the quake hit, about 5:15 pm, the Museum had just closed for the day.

The "Share Your Stories" page is a work in progress, collecting the experiences of Exploratorium staff and visitors during the Loma Prieta quake, whose tenth anniversary is commemorated with the "Life Along the FaultLine" webcast series (check the Exploratorium's main page).


Slinky toys
	can be used to demonstrate propagation of seismic waves.

  From Prentice-Hall earth science
  Charles R. Coble, Elaine G. Murray, Dale R. Rice
  Annotated teacher's edition.
  Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, c1981.





nother view of earthquake zones world-wide



NOAA -- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization -- is composed of the National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Environmental Satellite Data, and Information Service, and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Their Photo Library contains over 7.000 images in all aspects of earth science.



Quake epicenters in the earth's 
			north hemisphere


This wonderful image was one of three to be folded into a hexagonal solid for part of a classroom activity. If you can find the source, please let me know so I can credit it properly. Thanks!







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