SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology


Seismologist Ben Holtzman and colleagues are hosting a special event in the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. SeismoDome examines what’s behind earthquakes: Why are they unpredictable? How do scientists use the “seismic waves” emitted from an earthquake to make images of the Earth’s deep interior? What do those images tell us about where and why earthquakes occur? 

SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology 

To explore these questions, we will fill the planetarium dome with seismic waves moving through the planet and the complex patterns of earthquake locations through time and space, using the Hayden’s full 24 channel sound system and 194.6 degree screen. With movies and sounds, we will examine five earthquakes from the last decade — in California, Haiti, Sumatra, Japan and Kamchatka — as if we were out in space and then deep inside the planet, far from the sometimes catastrophic consequences for humans. You will emerge with an altered view of our planet and our place in it.  

The show will happen twice in 2014, starting with a “preview” on Wednesday night, June 25th, and then another show in November (date TBD). The June show is free and open to the public, but please reserve your seat in advance.

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