China Quake
China Quake
China Quake
Item#: CHI-1044
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Running Time: 47 minutes
Grades 9 - Adult
Closed Captioned • Scene Selection
A film by Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ)

Natural History New Zealand is one of the world's leading producers of nature and science programming.


"Recommended. An engaging report on the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province China. The program follows scientists, researchers and engineers who are analyzing the effects of the earthquake on various types of structures-residential dwellings, historic sites, even dams-and reports on their findings. Video footage from the day of the quake in addition to computer graphics give the viewer an idea of what happened that fateful day."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"Depicts cutting edge science working to save lives in a real world environment. The role of civil engineering in averting disasters with the help of scientific observation is a good cross-disciplinary topic for classrooms."
– School Library Journal


Golden China Dragon Award,
International Science and Education Producers Conference, China


Broadcast on
National Geographic Channel International


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China Quake is an engrossing investigation into the massive 2008 earthquake in China, one of the most destructive quakes ever recorded, and an introduction into the science behind seismic activity.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake released a surge of energy that devastated an area the size of South Korea. In ninety unforgiving seconds, nearly 90,000 lives were lost, 5 million buildings were destroyed and 5 million people were left homeless. Dramatic video footage from the day of the quake and its aftermath, along with computer graphics, vividly illustrate the devastation and the mechanisms behind the megaquake.

China Quake follows a team of international scientists a year after the monster quake as they search for clues that will help solve the mystery of the massive, unexpected disaster. Was the Sichuan earthquake a freak of nature or a predictable tragedy waiting to happen? And what can be learned from the quake to help reduce the devastation in the future?

The scientists, including geologists, seismologists and engineers, use tools on the ground and in space to uncover the catastrophic chain of events that may have ruptured several faults at once. Among the scientists is Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, founder/CEO of Build Change, a nonprofit organization that teaches people in developing countries how to build earthquake resistant homes.

The discoveries of these scientists solves the mystery of the quake’s origins and scale, and will help save lives in the future wherever and whenever killer quakes strike around the world.


Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, Build Change

Dr. Eric Fielding, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Dr. Tom Parsons, US Geological Survey

Professor Li Yong, Chengdu Univ. of Technology

Professor Xu Qiang