Stanford graduate researcher Angela Chung focuses on expanding the Quake Catcher Network, particularly with aftershock mobilization programs, and on Earthquake Early Warning. After studying geophysics at UC Berkeley, Angie worked at the Berkeley Seismology Lab for a year, and met Jesse Lawrence while looking at graduate schools. The England native now devotes her time to rapidly identifying seismic events, characterizing their magnitude, and determining their location, in addition to planning future deployments. Her goals for QCN focus on rapid detection and early warning.
Quakes & Aftershocks
I am interested in how we can prepare for earthquakes to reduce casualty and loss. I am not just interested in earthquakes, but also their effect on people.
Tell us about the QCN team
We currently have a number of people working on different projects relating to QCN. I find it very exciting to be working on such a diverse project that has so much potential.
How has life changed since you joined the QCN team?
I went to Chile last February and Christchurch, New Zealand last September. We installed sensors immediately after each quake. While in Chile, I actually gave a radio interview in Spanish about earthquakes.
We are always looking to expand our network, but there are a few limitations. Our sensors need three things: internet access, people, and of course, earthquakes. I would like to place more sensors along the west coast, and possibly in Alaska.
I grew up in the Bay Area, so I felt small earthquakes throughout my entire life. The biggest earthquakes, however, were in Chile. Those were M5s, and even as high as a M6.7 while I was there. At one point, we were staying in a two-storey wooden house during a M5.5 earthquake. And the house reacted as it was designed to; it swayed and moved. It was so exciting!