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Pacific Northwest Seismic Network


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.


August 17, 2015

UW researchers model tsunami hazards on the Northwest coast

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Recent press and social media coverage have reminded residents of the Pacific Northwest that they live in a seismically active region. Stretching offshore from northern California to British Columbia, the Cascadia subduction zone could slip at any time, causing a powerful earthquake and triggering a tsunami that would impact communities along the coast. Scientists from…


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 27, 2015

UW researchers helping region get ready for the next Big One

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On the anniversary of a massive earthquake off our region’s coast, UW researchers are working on everything from tsunami evacuation structures to updated seismic hazard maps.


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.


January 9, 2014

Scientists to observe seismic energy from Seahawks’ ’12th man’ quakes

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University of Washington seismologists this week installed two strong-motion seismometers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to augment an existing station in recording shaking from “earthquakes” expected on Saturday during the NFC divisional game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is preparing a special website at www.pnsn.org/seahawks for the…


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.


August 19, 2010

Slow-moving ‘earthquake’ under Olympic Peninsula will be well recorded

UW seismologists have begun recording a slow-moving and unfelt seismic event under the Olympic Peninsula, and it promises to be the best-documented such event in the eight years since the regularly occurring phenomena were first discovered.


July 11, 2005

Native lore tells the tale: There’s been a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Stories of two-headed serpents and epic battles between Thunderbird and Whale, common among Northwest native peoples, have their root in the region’s seismic history.


March 20, 2001

Seismic network uses schools, public facilities to chart ground shaking

While the Puget Sound region was being shaken by the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake, George Thomas and his University of Washington team were preparing for the next temblor – and the one after that.