Throwback Thursday – When the Earth Shakes at the Corvette Museum

Five years ago the earth shook as a sinkhole opened under the National Corvette Museum. While there’s a special exhibit dedicated to this Corvette cave-in, the museum currently has another temporary exhibit sharing the history and science behind earthquakes.

When the earth shakes tells the planet’s 600 million year geologic history. This interactive exhibit shows visitors the most active underground areas across the globe in real time. Guests can see where earthquakes have been reported around southern Kentucky and the New Madrid fault line.

The New Madrid fault zone is one of the most active seismic areas in the entire eastern United States. Along the western border of Kentucky and Missouri state line, this area sees hundreds of recorded mini quakes every year. It was the epicenter of the Great Quake of 1811 that could be felt by people for 50 thousand square miles.

The interactive parts of the earthquake exhibit are designed for children. Guests can put the earth together piece by piece in a puzzle of tectonic plates. Or watch the effects of a tsunami based on the underground activity below an ocean floor. Learn about the National Earthquake Engineering Network, a group of 14 schools specifically studying large scale shake tables on modern infrastructure.

Southern Kentucky’s underground cave systems prevent lots of seismic activity that lead to major earthquakes. However, being on the border of the New Madrid fault line still puts the area in a busy zone for tectonic plate movement just a few hundred miles away.

The earthquake exhibit is on display now through the end of December.