Top Ten Movies About Earthquakes

It’s an earthquake! Come next week on February 20 from 7-8 p.m. to hear UVU professors Dr. Michael Bunds, Dr. Daniel Horns, and Dr. Nathan Toké talk about their pioneering use of aerial drones. By creating 3D models of the earth’s surface they can identify traces of earthquake faults and assess earthquake hazards. This event is part of our Research Revolution series that continues on through March 1 with the Grand Opening of our MakerSpace. To get you in the earthquake “state of mind” though, try watching one of the following earthquake movies from the Orem Library media collection. Presenting the “Top Ten Movies About Earthquakes” list!

Earthquake1. Earthquake (1974) Starring: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and George Kennedy. Various interconnected people struggle to survive after an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

2. Das Erdbeben in Chili = Earthquake in Chile (1975) ChileStarring: Julia Peña, Maddalena Kerrh, and Víctor Barrera. “Handsome Jeronimo is hired to tutor the rich heiress Josefa. They fall in love, but the Church forbids their relationship, and Josefa is hidden in a convent. The church discovers that Josefa is pregnant and sentences her to death by decapitation. Jeronimo tracks her down, but is jailed before he can rescue her. When fate intervenes in the form of a massive earthquake, the two lovers have no idea what is in store for them. Though shot in fascist Spain near the end of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, Earthquake in Chile could be relevant to any society where oppression kills the spirit of the people.”

Tokyo3. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (2009) Starring: Satomi Hanamura, Yumiko Kobayashi, and Christel Takigawa. The devastation is unleashed in the span of seconds. Yielding to centuries of unrelenting pressure, an ancient rift in the Earth gives way and a force equivalent to over a thousand atomic bombs erupts beneath the feet of the citizens of the world’s largest mega cities! For the people of the greater Tokyo area, the results are catastrophic as even “earthquake-proof” buildings sway like weeds in the wind, gas mains rip open in gouts of flame and huge sections of the city’s vital infrastructure are torn into shreds. For sister and brother Mirai and Yuki, it’s the start of a desperate journey back to their parent’s home in Setagaya. For motorcycle courier Mari, it means an equally frantic battle towards Sangenjaya and her own daughter and mother. Joining together in an epic odyssey through the mangled streets, these three must brave impossible obstacles and endure unspeakable hardships and heartbreak, with no way of knowing if their loved ones are even still alive. But they’ve no other choice! In the aftermath of nature’s fury, only the strongest of will and most courageous of heart can hope to survive in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0!

4. Green Dolphin Street (1947) Green DolphinStarring Van Heflin, Lana Turner, and Donna Reed. Set in 19th-century Europe and New Zealand, this sweeping romance tells the story of two beautiful sisters, one headstrong and one gentle, and of the man who marries one even though he loves the other. The film’s riptides of emotion are matched by breathtaking physical tumult: a fierce Maori uprising plus a catastrophic earthquake and tidal wave that earned the film a 1947 Oscar for special effects.

Aftershock5. Tangshan dadizhen = Aftershock (2010) Starring Fan Xu, Jingchu Zhang, Chen Li, and Daoming Chen. A family is torn apart when a mother is forced to choose which of her two children to save in the aftermath of the 1976 Great Tangshan earthquake.

6. The Sisters Sisters(1938) Starring Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, and Anita Louise. A tumultuous story of romance and betrayal that pits love against politics, sibling rivalry, and the devastating San Francisco earthquake.

Deluge7. Deluge (1933) Starring: Peggy Shannon, Lois Wilson, and Sidney Blackmer. A massive earthquake strikes the United States, which destroys the West Coast and unleashes a massive flood that threatens to destroy the East Coast as well.

8. San Andreas San Andreas(2015) Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, and Alexandra Daddario. When a magnitude nine earthquake leaves California in ruins, a helicopter pilot and his estranged wife make their way to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

Nova9. Nova. Japan’s Killer Quake (2011) Starring: Roger Bilham, Simon Boxall, Chris Goldfinger. In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a rising death toll in the tens of thousands, massive destruction of homes and businesses, shortages of water and power, and the specter of nuclear reactor meltdowns. It combines on-the-spot reporting, personal stories, compelling eyewitness videos, and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.

10. The Rains Came The Rains(1939) Starring: Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, and George Brent. The lives of bored socialite Lady Edwina Esketh, her British aristocrat husband Lord Albert Esketh, her old flame Tom Ransome, and local doctor, Major Rama Safti are changed forever when the monsoons come and an earthquake occurs in Ranchipur.



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