Quake-Catcher Network
October 28th, 2008

Distributed computing among volunteers’ laptops is proving effective in detecting earthquakes. The Wired Campus reports the project today, explaining the laptops used are taking advantage of the fact that: “Laptop manufacturers have been adding motion sensors — accelerometers — that protect data by turning off machines’ hard drives in case the machines are dropped.” The homepage of the Quake-Catcher Network invites volunteers and provides downloads of the software required:

The Quake-Catcher Network is a collaborative initiative for developing the world’s largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing sensors in and attached to internet-connected computers.

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 educational software designed to help teach about earthquakes and earthquake hazards.

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