NOVA: Earthquake the Science Behind the Shake [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Printable materials for educators for Killer Quake!
  • Access to the NOVA and American Experience Web sites
  • Closed captions on Killer Quake! and The Great San Francisco Earthquake


NOVA: Killer Quake!
In this video, Nova revisits the terror and destruction of the L.A. earthquake and offers predictions for future occurrences of earthquakes in California. ~ Laura Mahnken, Rovi

American Experience: The Great San Francisco Earthquake
In April of 1906, the grand and thriving city of San Francisco was host to luminaries including writer Jack London, world-class opera tenor Enrico Caruso, and movie star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. At 5:30 in the morning on April 18, one of the most disastrous earthquakes in U.S. history shook the city to its foundations, demolishing hundreds of city blocks. London, Caruso, and Arbuckle survived, but the fire chief was mortally wounded and gas-fed blazes burned out of control. In the end, as this PBS documentary shows, estimates of casualties from the quake and the resulting fire ran to around 3,000. Of the city's 400,000 citizens, 225,000 were left homeless. Highlights of this program from The American Experience series include commentary by historians, archival motion picture footage, and photographs. ~ Steve Blackburn, Rovi

NOVA: Earthquake!
Since they can't be prevented, the best defense against earthquakes is the ability to predict them. And while this once seemed like an impossible task, many scientists believe it to be an attainable ability. This television documentary looks into the efforts of geologists who are trying to predict earthquakes and discusses the results of past attempts. Produced by Nova, this program was originally broadcast in 1990. ~ Thomas Carpenter, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Stacy Keach
    Stacy Keach - Narrator

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