Quake-Catcher Network sensors are light and fit on the palm of the hand. Courtesy of Mark Lyon, Quake-Catcher Network
Update: The Quake-Catcher Network
The Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) has renewed its call for citizen scientists to help its researchers capture key seismic data to improve scientific understanding of earthquakes, provide detailed information on how they shape Southern California and aid earthquake emergency response efforts.
Quake-Catcher Network is a collaborative project sponsored by the National Science Foundation in which earthquake scientists around Southern California enlist volunteers to deploy small, easy-to-install seismic sensors in their homes, offices and other locations that have a computer with Internet connectivity. The project is conducted by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at U.C. San Diego, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, University of Delaware and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
- PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Elizabeth Cochran
- SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: University of California, Riverside, and the U.S. Geological Service
- DATES: Ongoing
- PROJECT TYPE: Data Processing
- COST: $20-$50
- GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
- TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
- HOW TO JOIN:
Those interested in participating should visit the Quake-Catcher Network Web site to read more about participation requirements.
If you are a science teacher at a K-12 school, apply for a free USB sensor and accompanying QCN software.
QCN has been able to purchase sensors to donate to schools in need. If you are interested in donating to the program or requesting a sensor, click here.