Residents of California now have the opportunity to help seismologists record earthquake activity and data. The more detailed the information available, the greater insight into seismic activity. This new “citizen-science” initiative allows residents to host portable, low maintenance sensors on their property. This includes private homes and extends to churches, schools, and more. Why not investigate if you can help? Contact the United States Geological Survey about the possibility of hosting a NetQuakes instrument at your home. This could be a great way to get your kids interested in science too!

Scientists previously believed that capturing information regarding ground motion and intensity was sufficient when recorded at intervals miles apart. They have since discovered that closer spacing can provide better variability mapping. To host a sensor, the homeowner will be supplied with an aluminum box the size of a car battery. This will be bolted to the home’s foundations and information relayed over internet networks.

Information on earthquake activity can be used in so many areas and you can do your little bit to help gather essential information. This may also be a good time to check on your insurance coverage. Earthquake coverage is something some people tend to forget about, which might be a dangerous proposition given the amount of earthquake activity in California. Earthquake insurance can help rebuild your home, repair damage to your home, and replace lost or damaged possessions in the event of a quake.

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