Shaky Ground

Series produced by KHSU

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Shaky Ground examines life in earthquake country, from the science of tectonics to earthquake preparedness.

Shaky Ground is a short features series exploring the world of earthquakes. These stand-alone segments highlight the science of earth's temblors and what communities are learning about how to ensure safety before, during and after seismic events.


20 Pieces

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Geologist Lori Dengler talks about NOAA's National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. This program provides and facilitates vital warning systems a...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Earthquakes occur on faults and fault ruptures many miles beneath the surface. Dr. Lori Dengler says we needn't worry about storms and surface wat...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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On December 26, 2004, Tilly Smith was on vacation in Thailand with her family. Thanks to her school lessons, Tilly helped save many lives by recogn...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan, a small boat belonging to Takata High School in Rikuzentakata was swept o...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:29
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In the early morning hours of February 27, 2010, Martina Marturana felt a slight tremor that lasted a long time. The 12-year-old lived on Robinson...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:28
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On this segment of Shaky Ground, Geologist Lori Dengler takes on tales of earthquakes swallowing up hapless critters.

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:23
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How will we know a tsunami may be coming? Other than feeling the ground shake, we rely on tsunami warning centers to alert us about potential risk...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:49
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The next earthquake is likely to happen when you least expect it. Relatively infrequent events are hard to plan for. Geologist Lori Dengler advise...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:28
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Beautiful walks along the beach are possible any time of the year on the northcoast. Lori Dengler encourages us to be mindful of the unexpected "...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Dr. Lori Dengler gives us a primer for the science of tectonics.

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Big wave surfers are in a class of their own. But Geologist Lori Dengler encourages sticking with giant waves generated by big storms. On this segm...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:31
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From measuring the "size of the wiggle" to monitoring a "seismic moment", Geologist Lori Dengler discusses the scientific endeavor to quantify ear...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:50
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Abby Wutzler, from Wellington New Zealand, was vacationing in Samoa on September 29, 2009 when she noticed the ocean was withdrawing. She had also ...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Current digital networks and analytical techniques have vastly improved our understanding of earthquakes. Data is processed within minutes of a ...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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We all know phony stories abound on social media. When it comes to geologic occurrences, Dr. Lori Dengler says be careful when fantastical stories ...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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On this segment of Shaky Ground, Geologist Lori Dengler takes on the word epicenter. Depending on magnitude, the "dot on the map" may or may not b...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Small earthquakes really don't do much for stress release - but they do facilitate healthy discussions about preparedness. Dr. Lori Dengler share...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Wherever vacation time takes us, Dr. Lori Dengler encourages researching and exploring regional geology.

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 01:30
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Communication is key. This segment of Shaky Ground celebrates the good work of Radio Bio Bio during a massive Chilean earthquake.

  • Added: Feb 13, 2018
  • Length: 01:29
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Kamaishi junior high students saved themselves and many others during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Geologist Lori Dengler highlights t...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2018
  • Length: 01:38