Did you feel the earthquake? Three ways to report it

By August 23rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Comments (4)

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook Virginia on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: USGS)

Here are three ways you can report earthquake-related information and contribute to a global map of critical earthquake data.

Did you feel it? Help researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey learn more about the recent earthquake that shook parts of the east coast. Did you feel it? Share information and contribute to a map of shaking intensities and damage. Simple, no fuss, easy to navigate webform.

The US Geological Survey’s Twitter Earthquake Detection Program gathers real-time, earthquake-related messages from Twitter and applies place, time, and keyword filtering to gather geo-located accounts of shaking. Simply tweet your location and observations to @USGSTed .

Stanford University’s Quake-Catcher Network links existing networked laptops and desktops in hopes to form the world’s largest and densest earthquake monitoring system. You’ll need Quake-Catcher Network software (free), and a USB sensor (price varies).

If you participate in any of these projects, consider posting a review in the comments field, below this post. We’d like to share your experience with your fellow citizen scientists.


  • Darlene

    I felt here in on Long Beach Island, NJ. 

  • http://twitter.com/johnohab Dr. John Ohab

    I felt it here in Alexandria, VA.

  • Stardragon101

    i felt it Reading, PA.

  • Xacoteco

    Felt it in Cambridge, MA