Inside natural disasters inside latest exhibit


Rachel Swanson writes, By Rachel Swanson and Haley Rogers Throughout the year…

By Rachel Swanson and Haley Rogers Throughout the year, natural disasters are always occurring, ever wonder how they happen? In Nature Unleashed, you can explorer four main natural disasters, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes. The first section is all about earthquakes. Many of the artifacts having to do with earthquakes are hands on activities. You can make your own earthquake, and see rocks that have been in an earthquake. There is also a big projector that shows pictures of and talks about the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. Next, you learn about volcanoes. You can create your own volcano by adjusting the amount of gas and silica inside the volcano. When you think of Colorado, you don’t think of there being many volcanoes here, but it turns out that the largest volcanic explosion happened 28 million years ago in Colorado, and has been extinct since then. When asked for a devastating hurricane, many people would say Katrina. The first thing you notice is a boat hanging from the roof. The boat shows the average height of the water after hurricane Katrina. There are also pictures drawn by kids who survived hurricane Katrina. You can also learn about trees and what they tell us. You can see when a tree was in a fire, when it was hit by lightning, and a lot more. In the middle, you take a break to learn about Colorado Natural Disasters and peoples own experiences. There is a wall where people can grab a sheet and write about natural disasters they have experienced. There is also an area with information about Colorado natural disasters, like blizzards. Finally, there is a section all about tornadoes. There are five screens set up in a semi circle, and on each screen, you can see what it would be like to be around a tornado. There are also some artifacts from a tornado that went through Greensburg. There is a school chair, a stop sign, a motel room door, and a couple other artifacts that show the damage caused by a tornado. The exhibit ends on a high note, if something horrible happens, you can still come back. “The goal is to educate people about how earth works, and how people respond to these events” said David Grinspoon, the museum curator. “When people get in the way, that’s when you have a disaster situation.” Jennifer Moss Logan said. The exhibit is open until May 3. If you are interested in learning more about the exhibit, you can go to