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Professor of Mathematics and Geosciences Richard Brazier (left) and Research Associate Jordi Julia set up the seismometer in the basement of Symmco House.
Professor of Mathematics and Geosciences Richard Brazier (left) and Research Associate Jordi Julia set up the seismometer in the basement of Symmco House.
2/7/2011 —

DuBois – A device used for monitoring seismic phenomenon, such as earthquakes, and explosions has been installed at Penn State DuBois.  The seismometer has been placed in the basement of Symmco House, the campus administrative building, where it will monitor and record such activity for geophysicists to study.   The data collected will be transmitted by satellite to Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) where anyone can view the seismograms online at any time. 

 

The seismometer at the campus is part of a regional Penn State Network call PASEIS which in turn is part of a global network of seismic stations all stored at IRIS. IRIS is a consortium of over 100 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.  Iris was founded in 1984 through support from the National Science Foundation.

 

With the high level of drilling activity surrounding Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, Penn State DuBois Professor of Mathematics and Geosciences Richard Brazier said the seismometer on campus will have a great deal of activity to monitor.

 

"With the Penn State networks, we’ll be able to follow where they are currently looking for gas," Brazier said of the drilling companies.  "The data can be used to describe the subsurface on a broader scale than the gas companies as well providing data that can aid in discriminating between Earthquakes and explosions."   

 

To view the data collected from the seismometer at Penn State DuBois, visit http://www.iris.edu/mda/PE/PSDB

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