Earthquakes Happen


11 of season 1
Harvey S. Laidman
Jim Tisdale, Migdia Chinea-Varela
Original airdate
May 19, 1978
Dr. Robert Patterson
San Tomas, California
Preceded by
Followed by

Earthquakes Happen is episode eleven of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on May 19, 1978 on CBS.


David attempts to gain access to sophisticated gamma radiation equipment at a nuclear power plant by impersonating a plant safety expert. Unfortunately, a massive earthquake occurs, causing a number of disasters which only the power of the Hulk can fix.


  • Bill Bixby ... David Banner
  • Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee
  • Lou Ferrigno ... The Hulk
  • Sherry Jackson ... Dr. Diane Joseph
  • Peter Brandon ... Ted Hammond
  • Gary Wood ... Turner
  • Kene Holliday ... Paul
  • Lynne Topping ... Nancy
  • Brett Hadley ... Ron Harris
  • Roberta Sherwood ... Mrs. Waverly
  • John Alvin ... Dr. Robert Patterson
  • Arthur Rosenberg ... Larry Saenz
  • Diane Markoff ... Janet
  • Robbyn Stuart ... Reporter
  • Pamela Nelson ... Marsha
  • Michael Wirick ... Gate Guard
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  • Hulk out 1: Having a row of computers fall on him
  • Hulk out 2: Being hit with a blast of steam in the face while trying to turn off the nuclear reactor that is melting down.


  • Stock footage was used from the movie Earthquake (1974)—both the series and the movie were produced by Universal Pictures
  • Bill Bixby wears his own prescription eyeglasses (as David assumes the identity of Dr. Patterson)
  • Sherry Jackson was a child actor who played Danny Thomas' daughter on "Make Room for Daddy" from 1953 to 1958
  • One of the few instances where David doesn't use the first name "David" as part of his alias
  • Original scripted title was "Nuclear Cave-In"
  • The ending sequence has the theme playing with a trumpet rather than a piano.
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