WCA Presents: What’s Shakin’? – Earthquake Early Warning

WCA Sensor SIG Presents

What’s Shakin’? – Earthquake Early Warning

Everything you wanted to know about rapid detection and earthquake shaking.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Check-in begins at 6:00pm | Event starts at 7:00pm
Hosted by US Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park, CA

Join a panel of University, Industry and Government experts on Wednesday, 27 April 2016, when they present developments in earthquake early warning systems.

The panel will discuss immediate and long-term directions in earthquake early warning systems; including the use of smartphones in early warning.


David Witkowski, Exec. Director WCI, Joint Venture Silicon Valley


Steve Hickman, Earthquake Science Center Director
US Geological Survey

Doug Given, Earthquake Early Warning Coordinator
US Geological Survey (download presentation)

Prof Steven Glaser, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
UC Berkeley (download presentation)

Vincent Lo, Technical Sales Manager
Azbil North America R&D (download presentation)

Thomson Reuters
Posted: Apr 20, 2016 9:05 AM ET
6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off eastern Japan
No immediate tsunami warning, or reports of damage or casualties

Via Twitter:
April 18, 2016

Hundreds dead after 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocks Ecuador
Developing 36 minutes ago A powerful earthquake struck Ecuador’s coast on Saturday, causing widespread damage throughout the area. At least 238 people are confirmed dead, with more than 1,000 others injured.

April 16, 2016

At least two people were killed and 45 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that knocked down houses and buckled roads in southern Japan on Thursday night. 

USA Today
January 1, 2016, 10:17 a.m. EST
Magnitude-4.2 earthquake hits north of Oklahoma City
By Katharine Lackey
A magnitude-4.2 earthquake hit north of Oklahoma City early Friday, the latest in a series of quakes that have rattled the state at an increasing rate in the past few years.
BBC News
6 February 2016
Deadly earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan city of Tainan
An earthquake has toppled buildings in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least 11 people. The magnitude 6.4 quake struck just before 04:00 (20:00 GMT Friday)  when most people were at home asleep.
San Jose Mercury News
POSTED:   02/03/2016 06:12:24 AM PST
Earthquake warnings: White House announces tech advances
By Lisa M. Krieg
Buoyed by recent advances in technology, the federal government announced Tuesday that it is expanding its commitment to earthquake warning systems because they will save lives.

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Earth·quake (ûrth′kwāk′)
A sudden movement of the Earth’s crust.

Did You Know? If all the dishes fall out of your cabinet, you may honestly be able to say, “It’s the Earth’s fault!” Indeed, the Earth has faults, cracks where sections of its outer shell (the lithosphere) slip past each other, causing an earthquake when subjected to great forces.

All 50 states and 5 U.S. territories are at some risk for earthquakes.  Earthquakes can happen at any time of the year.

On April 18, 1906, the earth moved. Not only did the ground shake on the day of the Great San Francisco earthquake, but land on both sides of the San Andreas fault permanently shifted. Precise measurements of the amount of motion led scientists to discover why earthquakes happen. Fences across the San Andreas fault ripped apart, and it was no longer clear who owned the land nearby. Surveyors went to mountain peaks to relocate the property boundaries. While the fences showed that ground had moved near the fault, the surveyors also discovered that much of northern California had moved and distorted during the earthquake. The movement followed a pattern with most of the motion near the fault and less motion far away. At the time, nobody knew what caused earthquakes.

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