Get a sensor here!

Request a sensor and join the Quake-Catcher Network! If you're not interested in being a host, you can also donate a sensor to a K-12 school!

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On March 9, two graduate students flew to Chile to begin installing 100 QCN sensors in the region affected by the recent M8.8 earthquake. We hope to record many of the aftershocks that are still occurring in the area.

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Watch the informational videos!

We understand the Quake Catcher Network can be confusing, but don't worry because we've made some animated videos to explain how it all works!

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Check out the new sensors!

The new O-NAVI sensors have been received and ae re!dy"to ship!

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Regional Arrays & Free Sensors

You can receive a free sensor to monitor for earthquakes if your computer is within one of our regional arrays.

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The Quake-Catcher Network

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. With your help, the Quake-Catcher Network can provide better understanding of earthquakes, give early warning to schools, emergency response systems, and others. The Quake-Catcher Network also provides educational software designed to help teach about earthquakes and earthquake hazards.


A small and low maintenance motion sensor is installed along with the free QCN software.more info →


Sensor data reveals near real-time readings of earthquake locations, and magnitude.
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Host computers upload their sensor data directly to the online QCN network to be processed.more info →

San Francisco Bay Area Residents! Sign up here!


Recent News
  • QCN Detects Earthquake in Seconds

    On Tuesday at 5:33AM, QCN detected a magnitude 4 earthquake near Berkeley, California within seconds of the earthquake origin. The event was detected 5-7 seconds before the strong shear waves reached Stanford University, where the QCN servers are located.

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  • QCN at 2012 International Symposium on Grids and Clouds

    Jesse and I (Angie) are here in Taipei, Taiwan at the Asia@home workshop at the 2012 International Symposium on Grids and Clouds ( It’s been fascinating to hear all about QCN in Taiwan and all the work the teams here have been doing in such …

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  • Earthquake in Christchurch

    Watch this video and see a M5.2 earthquake send seismic waves across Christchurch, New Zealand on October 4, 2010. The circles show the location of seismic stations that recorded the event, including 118 QCN sensors and 29 GeoNet stations. The colors denote the intensity of …

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  • New Zealand Sensor (Re)distribution

    GeoNet in New Zealand are looking to redistribute some QCN sensors in the area, if you are interested please see the GeoNet/QCN Press Release.

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    Interested in participating? Download the software and join the network! You can also sign up for our contacts list or donate a sensor to a K-12 school. Or request a sensor.