The sound of earthquakes

During the last days before christmas, our graduate program organized a public speaking workshop at the university. During these days we spent some time training interviews and we had some lectures on preparing for real interviews (like in this one). The rest of the time we were trained how to communicate our science to lay general public. To do so, we were supposed to create a short movie. The result you can see here:

I decided to focus on two topics at the same time.

  1. How can seismologists do research from great distance without being endangered?
  2. What does an earthquake sound like?

The answer you can see and hear in the video above. The animations were produced with the cloud-based software PowToon, which is free for basic users. It is very easy to use, but you need a good internet connection to use the cloud-based software with your browser. The background song is “Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod which is under Creative Common license and free to use, i.e for such a video project. The spoken text I developed during the workshop and was improved by one of our coaches Anne (thanks a lot), who made it such a nice and flowing speech. For the sound recording we got help by two professional movie artists, who were the other two coaches during these days. The sounds of the earthquake in the movie were recorded by two of my seismological stations in NW Argentina. The 3.1 magnitude event took place September 1, 2016 inside my network (view map).

I hope you enjoyed the movie as far as I did creating it. Thanks to Anne, Johanna and René for helping with the video and for your interesting workshop.


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