So that’s where the earthquake simulator is!

by Luigi Anzivino

Earthquake simulator
Photographic evidence

Yep, we finally figured it out. Every explainer has had a least a couple dozen kids ask “where is the earthquake simulator?”. There is none at the Exploratorium, and they’re bummed to learn that. (But then again, it seems that kids have weird expectations about what’s at the Exploratorium. Ask Ryan about the penguins…)

Anyway, Sarah and I just came back from an even at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, and that’s where the earthquake simulator is! We took a fun ride on the 2001 El Salvador earthquake, a 7.6 magnitude doozie that lasts a whopping 30 seconds. They take a photo of you right when the earthquake starts, and then you can find it online. Fun!