Quake-Catcher Network

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The Quake-Catcher Network is a joint collaborative initiative run by Stanford University and UC Riverside that aims to use computer-based accelerometers to detect earthquakes.[1] It uses the BOINC volunteer computing platform (a form of distributed computing, similar to SETI@home).

It currently supports newer Mac laptops which have the built-in accelerometer (used to park hard drive heads if the laptop is dropped), and the newer IBM/Lenovo thinkpads.[2] It also supports three external USB devices currently - the codemercs.com JoyWarrior 24F8, the ONavi sensor, and the MotionNode Accel.[3]

In 2011, project scientist Elizabeth Cochran was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award from US President Barack Obama in large part due to her founding of the Quake-Catcher Network project.[4]


  1. ^ "Main project page". Qcn.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Supported Laptops (Apple Mac and Lenovo Thinkpad)". Qcn.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Supported USB Sensors". Qcn.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ "President Obama Names Top U.S. Early Career Scientists and Engineers". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 

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