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The Quake Catcher Network (QCN) is hard at work in the San Francisco Bay area recruiting citizen scientists, deploying low-cost strong motion seismometers, and capturing earthquake data.  From QCN website, “The Quake-Catcher Network is a collaborative initiative for developing the world’s largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing sensors in and attached to internet-connected computers.”

And as part of their program, they focus on recruiting schools and thereby getting teachers and students involved.  Currently, the program is piloting in parts of western and central U.S. — California, Oregon, Washington, the Wasatch fault in Utah, and the New Madrid fault zone of Missouri – where the probability of  large-magnitude earthquakes are greatest. 

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Sounds like a truly excellent program. Their sponsors include NSF, IRIS, Southern California Earthquake Center, O-NAVI, and United Parcel Service (UPS)

Check them out at Quake Catcher Network.A QCN strong motion sensor.