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Science  28 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5466, pp. 571
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5466.571a

To medieval Europeans, the consequences of provoking God's wrath are highlighted by this 1493 German woodcut of a biblical earthquake. For more allegorical quake art, as well as drawings and photos of fissures, collapsed buildings, and buckled roads, check out the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering. Its database of over 10,000 images includes a historical collection depicting earthquakes from Quito to Japan, where mid-1800s artists blamed a giant flopping catfish beneath the earth for quakes. Another set of images focuses on structural design—trusses, domes, suspension bridges, and the like. Hundreds of photos of quake damage include the recent temblors in Turkey and Taiwan.

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