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May 4, 2017

UW seismologist John Vidale elected to National Academy of Sciences

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John E. Vidale, a UW professor of seismology and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


April 10, 2017

USGS, partners launch a unified, West Coast-wide earthquake early warning system

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Events Monday celebrated the launch of a West Coast-wide earthquake early warning prototype system, and initial test users in Washington and Oregon.


November 2, 2016

New study co-authored by UW geologists looks at what lies below Mount St. Helens

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Research that peers below Mount St. Helens finds that the material below the western and eastern half of the mountain is different material and temperatures, and suggests that the source of explosive magma is coming from the east.


February 2, 2016

UW awarded private, public grants to develop earthquake early warning tool

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The UW is among West Coast universities awarded new funding to further develop ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system for the region.


February 1, 2016

UW seismologist speaking at White House earthquake preparedness summit

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UW seismologist John Vidale will participate in a White House summit focusing on national earthquake preparedness.


July 30, 2015

Four West Coast universities funded for earthquake early warning system

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The U.S. Geological Survey today announced $5 million in funding that will allow the University of Washington and three other institutions to help transition the prototype ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, under development since 2005, into a public-facing tool.


February 11, 2015

Earthquake early warning begins testing in Pacific Northwest

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The first early earthquake warning system for the region has begun testing with a small group of users at businesses and public agencies in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.


January 7, 2015

How the ‘Beast Quake’ is helping scientists track real earthquakes

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Scientists with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network will install instruments this Thursday to provide real-time monitoring of the stadium’s movement during the 2015 NFL playoffs. It’s a valuable test of their newest seismic technology.


November 29, 2011

$2M grant could make early earthquake warning a reality in the Northwest

The GPS component of an advanced seismometer sits atop Radar Ridge outside Astoria, Ore.  The installation is part of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

A grant to the University of Washington from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation could pave the way for a system to provide a warning seconds to minutes in advance of a major offshore earthquake in the Northwest.