How the Quake-Catcher Network monitors earthquakes

As well as being destructive and deadly, earthquakes are also very unpredictable. However, new methods for providing early warning systems are being developed.

The Quake-Catcher Network is a worldwide initiative that aims to develop the world’s largest strong-motion seismic network in order to provide better understanding of earthquakes and give early warning to schools, emergency response systems, and others. They provide people with low-cost motion sensors that can detect seismic activity and attach to internet-connected computers to send data back to the QCN servers.

Here’s how it works…

You can also discover how the Quake-Catcher Network responds to an earthquake here:

To find out more about earthquakes, including how we monitor and prepare for them, look out for issue 67 of How It Works magazine, on sale 4th December 2014.

 

 

You may also like...