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After Dark: Earthquakes

quakeDrop, cover, and hold on . . . to After Dark: Earthquakes, where we’ll commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake and look ahead to the latest in earthquake preparation, safety research, and building practices. And don’t miss the return of Everything Matters, which picks up with element 41: niobium.

What Past Earthquakes Tell Us About Future Earthquake Hazard: Facts & Fake Facts 
With Dr. Susan Hough  
7:00 p.m.  

Earthquakes have been taking place long before the invention of the modern seismometer"but modern scientists draw on all kinds of sleuthing skills to explore available data sources and study past quakes. Let US Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Susan Hough fill you in on their work to understand past earthquakes and what they can teach us about present-day earthquake hazard, including the history of earthquakes caused by humans (spoiler: it’s not just about fracking).

Will Your Building Be Usable After an Earthquake?  With Thomas Fuller in conversation with Peggy Hellweg and Keith Porter  7:00 p.m.  

In a place where major earthquakes are always a threat, are the buildings we live, work, and play in...disposable? Listen in on a conversation between UC Berkeley Seismology Laboratory’s Peggy Hellweg  and structural engineer and professor Keith Porter, moderated by New York Times San Francisco Bureau Chief Thomas Fuller, considering our building practices and ways in which our buildings might respond to heavy shaking"and how we might prepare for a resilient future.

Forecasting Ground Shaking from Earthquakes Using Supercomputers  With Dr. Arthur Rodgers  8:00 p.m. 

It’s not possible for scientists to see the future, but with advances in numerical methods and ever-improving supercomputers, scientists can discover a lot about the possible effects of major earthquakes. Join Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seismologist Dr. Arthur Rodgers to learn about computer modeling and what it tells us about hazard and risk"particularly for the statistically imminent large quake in the East Bay. 

Everything Matters: Niobium  With Ron Hipschman 8:30 p.m.  

Iridescent, super-conductive, and historically fraught with confusion, the metal niobium is both useful and beautiful...if you can figure out what to call it. Take a shine to element 41 at Everything Matters: Niobium. 

How the Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Enabled us to Divine our Seismic Future With Ross Stein  8:30 p.m.  

Many in the Bay Area view seismic faults with anxiety"but living in a seismically active place means taking the good with the troubling. So many things that make the Bay Area distinctive, from the Bay itself to its Gold Rush surge of growth to the signature fog, are the direct or indirect results of those very faults! Experience the history and geography of California through a seismic lens, and and see how you fit in by learning to assess your own seismic risk.                                       

“Imminent Shaking”: What Kind of Earthquake Warning is Possible? With Sarah Minson   9:00 p.m.  

Many Californians are awaiting the release of ShakeAlert, an earthquake early-warning system that will provide California, Oregon, and Washington with advanced warning of potentially damaging shaking. Hopes for early warning systems are high, but the reality of what can be expected from earthquake early warning is nuanced. Get the details from United States Geological Survey research geophysicist Sarah Minson and find out how earthquake early warning systems work, how warnings are issued, and how much warning you can expect to get.


Exploratorium Earthquake Exhibits: Quake!, Soup to Solid, Tectonic Squeeze, and Earthquake Simulator
6:00"10:00 p.m.  

Come be a part of the Exploratorium’s exhibit development process"help us test out these earthquake-themed exhibit prototypes. We’re studying things like whether we can improve basic exhibit function, how visitors interact with the exhibits, and how effective our labels are. By using these exhibits-in progress, you can help us iterate and make them the best they can be. Thanks for your participation!

MyShake App Demonstration  With the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory  6:30"9:30 p.m.  

What would you do if you had even a few seconds of warning before an earthquake? Test out the MyShake smartphone app, currently under development, and learn more about this early warning system from one of the teams contributing to its development. 

San Francisco Fire Department NERT Program Table Top Presentation 7:00"9:00 p.m.  

How ready are you for the next big earthquake"and how ready is your community? The San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team program trains civilians in emergency preparedness and response using a neighbors-helping-neighbors approach. Meet the NERT team, learn basic earthquake preparedness, and find out how you can get involved.

Earthquake Demo: Shake Table With Explorables 7:00"10:00 p.m.  

Design earthquake-proof structures with toothpicks, gumdrops, and uncooked spaghetti, then test them on skateboards to simulate an earthquake.

Thursday, 10/17/19


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