Stanford researchers plan to Install an Earthquake Sensor on Your Computer

For these researchers at Stanford, the best way to tackle earthquakes is to enable common citizens measure an earthquake, whenever one hits their place.

Their logic: You can’t stop an earthquake, at least you can measure it.

That’s why geophysicists at Stanford are actually looking for "citizen seismologists" in the Bay Area, US, to install a tiny earthquake sensor in their home, classroom, or office this past weekend as part of building the densest network of seismic sensors ever to learn about earthquake activity.

The network, which is part of the Quake Catcher Network, based at Stanford University, has already installed a number of networked sensors in earthquake-prone Chile and New Zealand. The project will continue for three years, although anyone willing to host a sensor for at least a year can volunteer (Bay Area residents can sign up here to participate in the project. The target is the installation of 500 such sensors. Preference is being given to the residents at the Hayward Fault in the East Bay, since it is expected to see major seismic activity within the next 30 years).

The project should surely be encouraged; as it can help the Stanford guys derive valuable insights, which could minimize the devastation earthquakes cause. --------

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