Anatomy of an Earthquake


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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 We are open Thursdays - Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., allowing limited guests enter the museum per hour. We strongly encourage buying your tickets in advance.
We will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Anatomy of an Earthquake


A magnitude 8+ quake hit our Anatomy of an Earthquake exhibit, so it's off the floor to get some necessary repairs.

Can you build an earthquake-proof structure?

When two large pieces of our planet's crust suddenly slip, shock waves emit out, shaking the surface of the Earth in the form of an earthquake. Using the pieces provided, this experience allows you build and test structures as you make them face a range of earthquake intensities.

Scientists use what's called the Richter scale to measure the magnitude, or the amount of energy released, of an earthquake.