Volcanoes and Earthquakes at the NHM

Date Posted: 31/01/2014

A revealing new gallery at the Natural History Museum in London takes school children on a journey through the causes of the world’s most famous natural disasters and explores how science is attempting to minimise their impact around the world.

Volcanoes and Earthquakes is now open, and includes the Natural History Museum’s own scientific research, immersive experiences, real-life case studies and up to date information from around the world.

Pupils on a school trip to the new gallery will be able to read real-life stories to experience what it’s like to be a survivor of one of the world’s most dangerous earthquakes, such as the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and most recently, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The exhibition delves deep into the scientific foundations of a volcano as students look inside Mount Vesuvius, Italy, which famously destroyed the roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and Mount Tambora in Indonesia, which caused of one of the most powerful eruptions in history.

Volcanoes and Earthquakes provides an interesting and interactive resource for the Geography and Science school curriculum. Divided into three zones for volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics, the gallery highlights include:

  • Original objects from world-famous events, including a calendar with a waterline and broken clock from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Real-life survivor case studies.
  • Interactive areas and videos showing activity from around the world, including a live earthquake data feed.
  • An earthquake simulator.
  • A CGI film on what scientists are doing to understand tectonics.
  • Discoveries from recent scientific field trips.
  • How to prepare for an earthquake, allowing school groups to decide what they’d put in their emergency ‘go’ bag.

For further school trip information visit www.nhm.ac.uk.

 Photo credit: Trustees of Natural History Museum.

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