Hickory – Find out what engineers do to keep our world safer at Catawba Science Center’s latest featured exhibition, When the Earth Shakes, which opened on May 28, will be open till August 28, 2016.  Both children and adults will explore the science of earthquakes, tsunamis, tectonic plates, and earthquake engineering with hands-on and interactive exhibits.

Visitors will try and mimic a historic earthquake by jumping up and down on platform, changing the force of the jump, to match a seismogram in Quake Karaoke.  Then, participants can see how the continents move and re-form while spinning the dial through geologic history from 600 million years ago to 200 million years in the future.  They can also see where When-the-earth-shakesearthquakes happen all around the word, sometimes hundreds every week, on the Seismic Monitor that shows earthquakes and their magnitude in real time.

In Puzzled Earth, visitors are given two minutes to assemble a map of giant tectonic plates before the pieces fall.  Then visitors can test their engineering skills by making their own earthquake-safe building out of block and reinforcement rods on the Table Shake platform; then start an “earthquake” to see if the structure will hold up in both minor and major conditions.

Guests can also build a structure and make waves crash on a beach in the 16-foot long Tsunami Tank to explore the science of tsunami waves.  The participants will have a chance to improve their design after seeing what happened to their structure in slow motion, and will see what happens when a sea wall is added.

Admission to When the Earth Shakes is free for CSC members.  The cost for non-members is CSC’s general admission fee plus $1.00. For more information about the When the Earth Shakes and other exhibits, programs, and activities, visit CatawbaScience.org or contact CSC at (828) 322-8169.

When the Earth Shakes is sponsored locally by HSM Solutions, US Conec, & Commscope, and was created by the Sciencenter of Ithaca, New York, with funding from the National Science Foundation and NEES, the National Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.

Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum serving NC’s western Piedmont region. Special attractions include featured exhibits, a digital planetarium theater and a marine touch pool with live sharks and stingrays. A community asset and regional destination,

Catawba Science Center is dedicated to changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder.

Funded in part by the United Arts Fund of Catawba County and the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collabora