The Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) is a collaborative initiative for developing the world's largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing sensors in and attached to Internet-connected computers. Volunteers can help the Quake-Catcher Network provide better understanding of earthquakes, give early warning to schools, emergency response systems and others. The Quake-Catcher Network also provides educational software designed to help teach about earthquakes and earthquake hazards.
- Principal Scientist: Elizabeth Cochran
- Scientist Affiliation: University of California, Riverside, Department of Earth Science
- Dates: Ongoing
- PROJECT TYPE: Data Processing
- COST: $20-$50
- GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
- TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
- HOW TO JOIN:
K-12 teachers at underserved schools can apply for a free sensor. Another option is a free loan of up to 15 sensors for up to three weeks, although borrowers do have to pay for the return postage of $10.35. Or purchase a $49 USB sensor, which comes with Quake-Catcher Network monitoring software, educational software, a USB cable, installation equipment and instructions. Pay with a credit card using the online form or print and mail in the form with a check.
Contact Elizabeth Cochran, project leader and assistant professor of seismology.