Quake Cottage Program
  

The Quake Cottage program provides citizens with a safe yet realistic experience of the intense shaking that can occur during an earthquake. The program, funded in partnership with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, promotes earthquake preparedness education in Indiana.

The Quake Cottage is an earthquake simulator (a 25 x 8 x 14 ft unit mounted on a double-axle trailer) that mimics the shaking experienced during earthquakes having magnitudes ranging from 3.0 to 7.0. The interior replicates a typical living room (with items fastened down to protect occupants) and demonstrates the effectiveness of preparatory measures to protect lives and prevent damage to personal property. A large window allows audiences to view participants while the simulator is in operation.

Each Quake Cottage event is designed as an educational experience and is not intended for entertainment purposes. Our goal is to provide education about the science of earthquakes and the steps to take to prepare for an earthquake. Organizations wishing to schedule an event are welcome to contact IGSinfo@indiana.edu. Our priority is to reach a variety of target audiences, including emergency responders, medical professionals, business owners, students and teachers, and the general public. The Quake Cottage is available for events from March through November depending on weather conditions and staff availability. The public is invited and encouraged to attend events during the year that are designated as "General Public Invited" in the schedule below.

The science related to earthquakes in the central United States and emergency preparedness information are available on this Web site. The Indiana Geological Survey invites you to visit our site repeatedly as additional resources and newly scheduled events will be updated periodically.

For more information about the Quake Cottage program, please contact IGSinfo@indiana.edu.


Want to experience an earthquake?

Date Event/Location Audience
August 19, 2014 Lewis Cass Jr/Sr High - Kokomo IN Closed to the Public
August 30-31, 2014 Vernon Labor Day Festival - Vernon, IN General Public Invited
September 13, 2014 Tate & Lyle Safety Day - Lafayette, IN Closed to the Public
September 30, 2014 GIS Day - Indianapolis, IN General Public Invited
October 4, 2014 Celebrate Science Indiana - Speedway, IN General Public Invited
October 17, 2014 Great US ShakeOut - Evansville, IN Closed to the Public
October 25, 2014 Physics Open House - Bloomington, IN General Public Invited


 
 
 
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