Earthquake! Exhibit Reopens at Academy of Sciences
A San Francisco Favorite is Shaking Things Up Again

SAN FRANCISCO (July 24, 2002) - Fire often follows in the wake of an Earthquake - even, apparently, when the quake is only a simulation. In late August of 2001, the Academy's famous Earthquake! exhibit was forced to close temporarily, due to damage that it suffered from a fire in Hohfeld Hall. Now, San Francisco's original rock'n'roll exhibit is shaking things up again, employing an array of interactive tools to shed light (and sound, and motion) on the Earth's most famous geologic behavior.

The main attraction is a multimedia theater that allows visitors to experience several simulated earthquakes. Opening with a re-creation of the famous 1989 World Series game that was interrupted by the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake, the show uses film, live theater, surround sound, and a "floating floor" to make its most moving points.

Earthquake! also entices visitors to explore the practical consequences of preparing well - or poorly - for big Richter Scale rumbles. Hands-on "shake tables" give visitors a chance to construct different kinds of buildings and then test them with quakes of various magnitudes. Next door, a visitor-activated mechanism reveals how those houses in the Marina sank in 1989. If these demos inspire you to follow the boy scouts' favorite motto, visit the interactive CD-ROM station and earthquake kit compilation center and learn how to be prepared for the next big quake. Like the rest of the Academy, this exhibit is now open 365 days a year.


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