Kids create earthquake

17 October 2002

Geoscience Australia's Science Communicator led the Kids Quake

Geoscience Australia's Science Communicator
led the Kids Quake.
© Geoscience Australia

Nearly 200 primary school children made a huge impact on the Earth outside Parliament House in Canberra when Warren Entsch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources launched Earth Science Week in Australia on 16 October.

The seismograph measured the Kids Quake

The seismograph measured the Kids Quake.
© Geoscience Australia

The Kids Quake in Canberra was the first in a series of nationwide Kids Quakes held at various schools around Australia. About 1500 children from schools in every State and Territory took part in the jumping activity to simulate an earthquake.

The seismograph (pictured at left) set up on the lawns outside Parliament House recorded a significant event in Canberra and the children from Prince Alfred College, South Australia, and Point Clare Public School, New South Wales, crowded around the instrument to see how their two-minute jump measured up to real-time earthquakes.

The Kids Quake aims to demonstrate the science of monitoring earthquakes during Earth Science Week which runs until Saturday 19 October. Read more in the Media Release.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013