Quake Catcher Network comes to the Central U.S.
June 2015 - In June, Robert de Groot, Ph.D, of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) came to the central U.S. to facilitate an initial deployment of the "Quake Catcher Network" or QCN. QCN is a network of low-cost seismometers installed on personal computers that transmit earthquake shaking information to servers in California. The deployment is a pilot in the central U.S., and is an extension of the EPIcenter program, which provides resources and learning tools to public information centers such as museums, science centers, and other free-choice learning institutions. In all, twelve QCN seismometers were installed in Blytheville, Arkansas, Malden, Missouri, Tiptonville and Ridgely, Tennessee, and DeSoto County Mississippi. Once in place the seismometers not only record earthquake shaking, but can be used to demonstrate how earthquakes are measured and recorded through a "QCN Live" demonstration software.
Currently, QCN devices are deployed worldwide through a cooperative program at Stanford University. In the coming months QCN is transitioning to a collaborative management approach between CalTech, SCEC, and IRIS, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.
After a review of the initial deployment, CUSEC intends to reach out to other communities in states throughout the central U.S. to join the Quake Catcher Network and improve the understanding and translation of earthquakes and earth science. For more information, visit http://qcn.stanford.edu
CUSEC Participates in National Earthquake Program Manager's Meeting
May 2015 - CUSEC, along with the Northeastern States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and more than 25 States and Territories, participated in the 2015 National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting May 5-8, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. The annual meeting allows State Emergency Management Earthquake Program Managers to interact and share ideas, as well as hear about lessons learned following recent earthquakes, receive new training, and work to strengthen the Nation's resilience against earthquakes under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). NEHRP Secretariat Mr. Jack Hayes addressed the group at the beginning of the meeting.
During the meeting, CUSEC presented special recognition awards to several senior Earthquake Program Managers who have contributed to earthquake risk reduction over the last two decades. These individuals include Mr. Douglas Bausch (FEMA), Mr. Bob Carey (Utah), Mr. Mike Mahoney (FEMA), Ms. Tammie D. Wells (South Carolina), and Mr. Cecil Whaley (Tennessee).
Also at the meeting were NEHRP partners the Applied Technology Council, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), and the US Geological Survey (USGS). Meeting notes and proceedings will be posted on www.eqprogram.net as they become available following the meeting.