Shaking in our Seats – Earthquake Science on the Big Screen

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October 31, 2022, Calabasas, CA —In an effort to keep the community of Calabasas informed about wildfire and earthquake mitigation, members of the non-profit EPIC-FSC attended this event, Shaking in Our Seats, Earthquake Science on the Big Screen to commemorate 100 years of the Caltech Seismology Lab. Join Dr. Lucy Jones and a panel of experts at Beckman Auditorium, Caltech Campus, on November 12, at 1-2:30 pm as they share what classic disaster movies got right (and wrong) about the impacts of earthquakes.

From the 1925 Santa Barbara quake to 1994’s Northridge temblor, earthquakes have helped define the physical and cultural landscape of Southern California. For more than a century, Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory has transformed our understanding of earthquakes and geophysics through advanced instrumentation, data science, experimentation, engineering, and public outreach.

Moderated by seismologist Lucy Jones, a panel of scientists, engineers, and public officials will provide insight into what happens during and after earthquakes, how scientists and government officials interact, and the future of the field- discussing films such as 1974’s Earthquake and 2015’s San Andreas. Audience members will see Hollywood earthquake hits and misses and have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.


Lucy Jones, Founder, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

Domniki Asimaki, Caltech Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Chris Holden, Assemblymember, California State Assembly, 41st District

Jon O’Brien, Acting Chief Deputy, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Zhongwen Zhan, Caltech Professor of Geophysics

Register for the event and submit your questions for the panelists here

The event is free, but tickets are required.