Will It Shake? Snowglobe Edition

Will My Snowglobes Shake? Or Will They Break?

That’s the question Los Angeles resident Heather Kram, and her newborn daughter Rowan, would like to know.

What will happen to her treasured collection of Nightmare Before Christmas snowglobes and figurines in an earthquake?

To answer her question, the seismic testing team at Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California in San Diego and Susan Jekarl set up four matching curio cabinets filled with snowglobes and figurines, just like Heather’s.

The two cabinets on the right are secured with furniture straps to the wall, the doors are closed with child safety latches, and the items are museum puttied down to the shelves.

The two cabinets on the left are like all of ours in our homes. The doors are just closed, no latches on them, and the snowglobes and china figurines are just sitting on the shelves.

Because we’re “scientists” we attached one cabinet to the wall with furniture straps, the one on the far left. And the other cabinet is not secured.

We wanted to know, not only what the difference is between FULLY SECURED and NOT AT ALL SECURED, but also is putting up a furniture strap good enough to protect you in an earthquake?

So, what are your scientific conclusions from our experiment?

What would you do to keep your Precious Moments Sad Clown collection safe?

How about your newborn baby playing on the floor next to the cabinets in the living room?

Take a deep breath. It won’t be that bad. Just take a few moments to contemplate how you’ll prepare to survive the next earthquake, while you watch Jack Skellington snuggled up in bed with book.

And then get yourself some furniture straps, child safety locks, and museum putty.

For media: Episode 3 fact sheet WIS Snowglobes