Office of Research

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network


The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network seeks to reduce risk within the states of Washington and Oregon by:

1. monitoring ground motions within the region in order to better understand earthquake and volcano hazards and their impacts on the physical, economic, political, and social environment,

2. providing the most accurate information about earthquakes and volcanoes as rapidly as possible to public officials, the public, and for education,

3. advocating comprehensive and cost-effective measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Core Services Offered

Recent seismic activity page:

OR-WA earthquake information:

Recent ground motions:

Funding Information:

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Department of Energy (DOE).
State of Washington.
National Science Foundation (NSF).
In-kind support from numerous utilities and volunteers.

Reporting Structure:

Robert Winglee, Chair of the Department of Earth & Space Sciences, Advisory Committee in the ANSS (Advanced National Seismic System) and the ANSS Coordinator William Leith. ANSS is a part of the USGS.

Center Details

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Director: Vidale, John
Location: ATG and Johnson Hall
Year Started: 1969
Administrator / Program Manager: Bodin, Paul
Administering College/School: College of the Environment 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Earth and Space Sciences 
Faculty Involvement: 7