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resources from the regular collections show-and-tell at the Earth Sciences and Map Library

The City that Waits to Die

Scientists say San Francisco is a doomed city unless earthquake research and prediction progresses rapidly enough to avert a major disaster.

Shown as the finale to our Spring Semester 2015 Maps and More series, the City that Waits to Die is a classic of the disaster-geology genre. It was produced by the BBC in 1970 and was intended to warn viewers of the dire consequences that awaited the region should another "big one" hit.  Although its prognostications are somewhat dated, the movie is an amazing time capsule of 1970s era science, featuring a soundtrack by Mama Cass and vintage supercomputers.

View it at the Media Resources Center.