When the Nisqually quake shook Seattle on February 28 of 2001,
Burke staff were already hard at work on a new earthquake exhibit.
In an instant, the scope of that project began to grow.
The Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest
will include not only a major exhibit at the Burke Museum, but also
a variety of components designed to serve communities throughout
The heart of the project is a free-standing, 8 ft x 24 ft set of
travelling panels that address key concepts every Northwesterner
should know: why earthquakes are inevitable here, what hazards they
present, and what we can do to prepare. Along with the travelling
panels are hands-on interactive models, study kits for use in classrooms,
and a computer CD with historic photos of Washington earthquakes,
and animations of buildings shaking, ground motion, and tsunamis
washing over the land.
Bookings for the traveling exhibit The Big One:
Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest are filling fast; call
206-616-1550 now for available dates.