Earthquake–Tsunami Room Returns to Humboldt County Fair - Humboldt State Now

Earthquake–Tsunami Room Returns to Humboldt County Fair

It’s County Fair season again and, for the 18th consecutive year, Humboldt State University is partnering with the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group to host the Earthquake-Tsunami Room at the Humboldt County Fair.

Contact: Professor Lori Dengler, Humboldt State University
707- 826-3115 or (707) 845-4960
lori.dengler@humboldt.edu

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HSU Geology Alumna and Red Cross Volunteer Service Coordinator Katie Bojorquez tests the tsunami wave tank.

It’s County Fair season again and, for the 18th consecutive year, Humboldt State University is partnering with the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group to host the Earthquake-Tsunami Room at the Humboldt County Fair.

The theme of this year’s Fair is “Honoring Excellence in Education” and this special exhibit features many hands-on exhibits, posters, banners and take-home materials for visitors to learn more about why Humboldt County is earthquake country and what you can do to make you and your loved ones safe before the next temblor strikes.

Activities include making your own earthquake with a real seismic sensor, the “earthquake in a pail” liquefaction demonstration, a tsunami wave tank, making seismic waves with a slinky, and learning about earthquake magnitude with spaghetti.

The Red Cross has set up a sample evacuation shelter and the Humboldt County Cert Coalition has basic first aid demonstrations. And you can rest your feet at the tsunami theater with lots of great video coverage of recent earthquake and tsunami events. It’s not all earthquakes and tsunamis this year – the NWS has developed new watershed and tornado displays.

We have will have lots of great free educational materials including Living on Shaky Ground, our 32-page earthquake and tsunami preparedness magazine, available in both English and, for the first time, in Spanish. Pick up a tsunami safety brochure including maps of the tsunami zones in our area. Other information includes California’s Earthquake Early Warning System and tsunami debris.

There is always knowledgeable staff who on hand to answer your questions about earthquakes, tsunamis and how to prepare for them.

The room is located in Hindley Hall, the commercial building and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the fair’s 11-day run.

The Earthquake-Tsunami room is supported by Humboldt State University, NOAA’s National Weather Service, the California Office of Emergency Services and members of the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group.

For further inquiries contact Lori Dengler lori.dengler@humboldt.edu, (707) 845-4960

North Coast and California organizations sponsoring this year’s display: