Tracking Quakes as They Happen


Caltech has launched a new Southern California Seismic Network website that allows visitors to track earthquake activity with real-time seismic waveform displays.

“What we’ve tried to highlight was getting the information out as fast as possible so people can see real-time seismic activity near where they live,” says Jen Andrews, staff seismologist at Caltech. “If people get there fast enough, they can be watching an earthquake on the live seismograms as it happens.”

The site uses social media technology and is cloud hosted, so it can remain robust and usable even if millions of people try to access it after a major quake.  

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