TRAVELING EXHIBIT FACT SHEET
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is pleased to introduce
a new traveling exhibit, The Big One, Earthquakes
in the Pacific Northwest, available for booking from March
2002March 2004. This compact, flexible exhibit is designed
to appeal to a wide variety of audiences and present information
every Northwester should know why we have earthquakes, the
hazards they present, and what we can do to prepare. Components
include a freestanding panel display, hands-on models, study kits
for schools, take-away brochures on safety topics, and computer
resources. There is also the opportunity to host a visiting scientist
in your community in conjunction with the exhibition.
Developed in collaboration with leading scientists from the University
of Washington and a wide range of public partners, including the
National Science Foundation, The Big One: Earthquakes
in the Pacific Northwest presents up-to-date science in everyday
language and provides unique opportunities to reach out to schools
and organizations in your community. These are some of the questions
the Burkes traveling exhibit, The Big One: Earthquakes in
the Pacific Northwest, will address:
Why are earthquakes inevitable?
A brief introduction to plate tectonics, including the inner structure
of the earth, the convection currents that keep plates in motion,
and why earthquakes occur at plate boundaries.
Whats happening Here?
The distinctive geology of the Pacific Northwest and the three
types of earthquakes produced here (where and when they have taken
place historically, how they are caused, and what kinds of damage
How do we know all this?
Explanations of how seismographs are used to record, measure, and
interpret the energy released.
A great detective story
A recap of the fascinating research that proved that major earthquakes
do occur here in the Pacific Northwest (inlcudes evidence of a devastating
earthquake and tsunami along the Washington coast 300 years ago
and confirmation of this event through historical records in Japan.
Researching the risk
Examples of current research efforts and what they are revealing
about our past earthquake history and current risks (includes investigations
underway around Puget Sound, the Pacific Coast, and Eastern Washington).
What are the dangers? How can we prepare?
Introduces hazards from ground failure to tsunamis
and explains why one earthquake causes different effects in different
areas. Presents basic safety steps to take now and when an earthquake
Traveling Exhibit components
- Versatile free-standing system with 12 lightweight, 3
by 4 panels, hung in stacked pairs.
- Pole and panel units can be arranged in a number of different
Three pedestals, approximately 2 by 3 square and 30"
high, each topped by a hands-on model (models may alternately be
displayed on a table).
Traveling Study kits
Two kits containing books, videos, lesson plans, specimens and
supplies for classroom use.
Other Materials and supplies
- Free take-away brochures for visitors on basic earthquake/tsunami
- Press kit with sample press releases, teacher mailings, etc.
- Assembly and repacking instructions
- Evaluation forms and additional information from the Burke
- Computer CD containing historic photos and additional scientific
Fees and requirements
- The rental fee is $250 per 4-week booking period, plus one-way
- All components and insurance are included in the fee
- The exhibit requires 3-4 people to unpack and assemble
- Security is low
The exhibit is currently available for bookings of 4 weeks or more
in Dec. 2002, and from May to Dec. 2003.
To book the exhibit or receive more information, please contact
Ruth Pelz, Project Coordinator, at 206-616-1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Relations Manager