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A novel strong-motion seismic network for community participation in earthquake monitoring

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4 Author(s)
Cochran, E. ; Univ. of California, Riverside, CA, USA ; Lawrence, J. ; Christensen, C. ; Chung, A.

The Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) is breaking new ground in seismology by combining new micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology with volunteer seismic station distributed computing. Rather than distributing just computations, the QCN allows volunteers to participate in scientific data collection and computation. Using these innovative tools, QCN will increase the number of strong-motion observations for improved earthquake detection and analysis in California, and throughout the world. QCN's increased density of seismic measurements will revolutionize seismology. The QCN, in concert with current seismic networks, may soon provide advanced alerts when earthquakes occur, estimate the response of a building to earthquakes even before they happen, and generate a greater understanding of earthquakes for scientists and the general public alike. Details of how one can join the QCN are outlined. In addition, we have activities on our website that can be used in K-16 classrooms to teach students basic seismology and physics concepts.

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Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 6 )