Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quake Catcher Network

Hey Everybody!

The Quake Catcher Network (QCN) has been very popular at this year's AGU meeting! The Quake-Catcher Network is a collaborative initiative for developing the world's largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing sensors withinin and attached to internet-connected computers. The QCN project uses USB-connectable sensors and accelerometers built-in to many laptops to study and monitor earthquakes. With your help, the Quake-Catcher Network can 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 students about earthquakes, ground motion and earthquake hazards. We have a real-time demonstration of QCNLive at the University of California, Riverside Academic Exhibit here at AGU. Many people have stopped by our booth and inquired as to how they can install a sensor and download software to record local earthquakes in their owns homes, offices, and classrooms.

In addition to our booth, Dr. Elizabeth Cochran just gave a presentation in the Moscone West building detailing the current status of QCN project and the future the project as it relates to studying aftershocks following major earthquakes in metropolitan regions through the Rapid Aftershock Mobilization Project (RAMP) as well as earthquake early warning advancements.

To find out more about how you can participate in the Quake Catcher Network, visit the official website at http://qcn.stanford.edu


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