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Kinemetrics seismograph used by United States Department of the Interior.)

Seismology Education

" Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes and the propagation of elastic waves through the Earth or through other planet-like bodies. The field also includes studies of earthquake effects, such as tsunamis as well as diverse seismic sources such as volcanic, tectonic, oceanic, atmospheric, and artificial processes (such as explosions)." Source: Wikipedia



What is a Seismograph?

"During an earthquake, vibrations caused by the breakage of rock along a fault zone radiate outward from the point of rupture. The instrument used to record and measure these vibrations is called a seismograph." Source: Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada


Canadian National Seismograph Network

"The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) operates a Canada-wide network of over 100 high-gain instruments, called seismographs, and over 60 low-gain or strong motion seismographs called accelerographs, that together make up the Canadian National Seismograph Network (CNSN). The high-gain instruments are used to record weak ground motion from earthquakes that are small and/or distant. Low-gain accelerographs are used to record the strong ground shaking from larger earthquakes at nearby sites likely to cause damage." Source: Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada


Preparing for Earthquakes

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada provides these resources.



Early History of the Canadian Seismograph Network

"The earliest reference to the use of seismological instruments in Canada occurs in a paper by Dawson (1870). At the suggestion of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Government of Canada decided to get involved in earthquake monitoring with the establishment of seismograph stations in eastern and western Canada. Two Milne seismographs were purchased by the Dominion Government Meteorological Service. The first seismograph, installed at Toronto in September 1897, became the first instrument to record continuously in Canada. The second instrument, a Milne horizontal-type seismograph, began operations in Victoria, B.C. on January 1, 1899." Source: Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada



Canadian National Seismograph Network Station Book

The Canadian National Seismograph Network Station Book contains information about the type of data produced by CNSN stations as well as associated information such as instrumentation, channels recorded, sample rates, sensitivities, and dates of operation necessary to make the data useful to the broadest range of people.


Boston College Educational Seismology Project

The Boston College Educational Seismology Project encourages students of all ages to learn about and deepen their understanding of science in general and seismology in particular.


POLARIS Consortium

POLARIS Consortium is a Canadian geophysical research consortium focused on investigation of structure and dynamics of the Earth's lithosphere and the prediction of earthquake ground motion.

The POLARIS project has received funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for installation of satellite-telemetry arrays of portable geophysical observatories in Canada. The CFI funds are matched by funds from Ontario Innovation Trust, Ontario Challenge Fund, Ontario Power Generation, British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, BC Hydro, BHP Billiton, Manitoba government, Natural Resources Canada and other sources. Read more...