Host a Station for Earthquake Early Warning
About Earthquake Early Warning Stations
Today, the technology exists to detect earthquakes so quickly that an alert can reach people before strong shaking arrives. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington and University of Oregon, the USGS and its partners operating California's seismic network are developing and implementing the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning (EEW) system to identify and characterize an earthquake within few seconds after it begins. We quickly calculate the expected intensity of ground shaking, and can send warnings to people and infrastructure in harm’s way.
To reliably distribute warnings for all parts of the region with high earthquake hazard, it is important to have a robustly operating, dense network of seismic stations capable of providing data that can be used in ShakeAlert. We are looking for locations where we can install new earthquake monitoring stations. In addition to contributing to ShakeAlert, the new stations will also support the mission of the PNSN, to operate a reliable, modern, system for producing earthquake information for the benefit of public safety, emergency response, and loss mitigation.
Don't live in the Pacific Northwest? Our partners in California are also looking for station hosts.
Potential Host Information
Hosting a Station
The green triangles on the map are the stations currently contributing to ShakeAlert. A new station site is needed within 5 miles of each of the orange circles.
Rural station sites (preferred): should have little civilization noise from nearby sources (vehicles, pumps, farm animals) and ideally be at least 300 yards from the nearest road. These sites typically consist of an instrument vault in the ground the size of a trash can and a refrigerator sized equipment box with solar panels.
Urban station sites: We are also interested in sites such as fire stations, infrequently used storage sites and garages not near a busy road that have a small patch of concrete slab floor (often in a closet or corner) where we can place a small instrument package the size of a cooler.
Typical rural station.
Typical urban station.