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Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters

June 24 — Oct. 29, 2017

Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Volcanic eruptions. Tsunamis.

These immense geological and meteorological forces shaped our planet and our world. Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters explores the fascinating science behind these powerful natural phenomena and highlights their impacts on human lives.

Highly interactive and immersive, this exciting exhibition features visceral experiences, compelling media, and multi-disciplinary science that go beyond the sensational headlines to explore Earth's most impressive natural events. Nature Unleashed also features real objects that tell powerful stories—about natural disasters, and about the resilience and creativity of the people who survive and study them.


Exhibition Highlights


Earthquakes are the far-reaching effects of movement between huge tectonic plates that comprise the earth’s crust. In this part of the exhibition, you can simulate your own earthquake by jumping on a seismic sensor and test different buildings to see how they stand up against earthquakes.


Tornado Alley, an area covering nine states in the central United States, is the most active tornado region in the world. Step into the center of a tornado in a circular theater featuring the only footage ever captured from inside a twister and marvel at the power of the elements to alter everyday items by examining artifacts from Greensburg, Kansas, which was flattened by an EF-5 tornado in 2007.


Hurricanes—large, rotating wind systems that form over tropical waters—threaten coastal communities every year. In this area, you can investigate how hurricanes can become “un-natural disasters” when weather meets city planning and catch a glimpse into another’s life by viewing household items damaged by Hurricane Katrina.


Volcanic eruptions can bury whole cities in lava and ash, but they also play a fundamental role in shaping our planet, forming islands, enriching soil, and releasing gases that are necessary for life. Touch models of the four types of volcanoes to discover their similarities and differences, then build and erupt your own volcano!


Most tsunamis are caused by underwater earthquakes at subduction zones, where one of the plates that make up Earth’s crust is slipping beneath another. Learn how an earthquake on the ocean floor can trigger massive tsunamis and watch satellite footage from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami as the wave spread around the globe.



This exhibition and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

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