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Quake-Catcher Network

Main Project Information
Goal Improve earthquake monitoring and warnings
Task Use USB sensors to detect earthquakes
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The Quake-Catcher Network provides software so that individuals can join together to improve earthquake monitoring, earthquake awareness, and the science of earthquakes.

The Quake-Catcher Network links existing networked laptops and desktops in hopes to form the world’s largest and densest earthquake monitoring system. With your help, the Quake-Catcher Network can provide better understanding of earthquakes, give early warning to schools, emergency response systems, and others.

The Quake-Catcher Network also provides a natural way to engage students and the public in earthquake detection and research. This project places USB-connectable sensors in K-12 classrooms as an educational tool for teaching science and a scientific tool for studying and monitoring earthquakes. Through a variety of interactive experiments students can learn about earthquakes and the hazards that earthquakes pose.

Earthquake safety is a responsibility shared by billions worldwide. Let's get to work!

How to Join

You can participate in the Quake-Catcher Network in several ways:

1. Join the Laptop Network: Install Quake-Catcher Network monitoring software on your computer (free). If you have a laptop with an internal sensor, learn how to install Quake-Catcher Network software at

2. Purchase a USB Sensor:

To learn more about purchasing a senor within the United States, internationally or for discounts available to K-12 teachers and under-served schools visit:

3. Join Quake-Catcher Network's Rapid Aftershock Mobilization Program: Sign up for free to host a USB sensor in the event of a major earthquake in your area. By joining Quake-Catcher Network's Rapid Aftershock Mobilization Program list, you will ensure that Quake-Catcher Network mobilizes rapidly after the main event in order to catch aftershocks. Rapid Aftershock Mobilization Program is an international effort. Sign up here:

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Expenses $49
Required Gear

A computer with Internet access
Quake-Catcher Network software (free)
A USB sensor (price varies)

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity At home, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, Emergency Response
Class Materials
Tags boinc, distributed computing, earthquake, earthquakes, emergency response, geology & earth science, response, u.s. geological survey
Project Updated 05/23/2018