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Quake Catcher Network

The QCN is a project that enables seismologic recordings by tapping into the vast network of computing of personal computers, laptops, and smart phones. Volunteers can connect small USB seismic sensors to their computers or use sensors internal to laptops or smart phones to record earthquakes. Data is then collected by a software application that sends seismograms back to a central server. The volunteers can then log in and see what earthquakes they have recorded through the project website.

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Geographic Scope: International

Project Status: Active -recruiting volunteers

Participation Tasks: Download software for distributed computing projects, Measurement,

Start Date: 2008

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Federal Government Sponsor:

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Other Federal Government Sponsor: Southern California Earthquake Center (NSF/USGS Funded organization), Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (NSF funded)

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Universidad de Concepcion

Fields of Science: Computers and technology, Disaster response, Geology and earth science,

Intended Outcomes: Programmatic, Research development,