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Miniseries 10.5 Contains Factual Inaccuracies

May 2, 2004

The recent NBC miniseries which aired on May 2, 2004,, “10.5,” about a series of unrealistic earthquakes that strike in California, is a purely fictional story. To find out more about earthquakes, and to separate fact from movie fiction, the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have created a series of web pages addressing the miniseries. The pages include links to official comments from state and federal organizations, a list of many of the errors in the miniseries and why they are wrong, earthquake preparedness information, lesson plans to help teachers respond to their students’ concerns or questions, links to many other earthquake-related websites, and the online version of the updated “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country.” The pages begin at:


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