Ride the BIG SHAKER at History Museum

By December 10, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (December 10, 2019) The world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator, the BIG SHAKER, rolls into the Los Altos History Museum on Saturday, January 11th, 10am-3pm, weather permitting. In an event titled “Be Prepared for the Big One,” visitors can experience what a magnitude 8.0 earthquake feels like and see what can happen inside their homes if contents are unsecured. For people who have never experienced a major earthquake before, this will give a sense of what to expect if, or when, the real thing comes along.

The simulator is 24-foot long and features a sophisticated hydraulics system specifically engineered to simulate varying degrees of earthquake intensity. It has been fitted out with furnishings to replicate a typical living room, and when the simulator shakes it recreates conditions like those that would be experienced in a home in an earthquake.

The event, which is free to attend, is part of the Museum’s exhibition, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display through January 19, 2020.

“Riding the BIG SHAKER takes earthquakes from ‘something I know might happen’ to a real feeling. We want our community members to experience the simulated earthquake and its damage and leave ready to take action to improve their level of preparedness,” said Ann Hepenstal, City of Los Altos Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. “We’ll offer preparedness materials and kits for sale, and the Museum’s exhibit connects attendees to more information on earthquakes and emergency preparedness actions. Don’t miss out!”

Register for the event at losaltoshistory.org/beprepared.

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org