Informed Action for Complex Challenges

Earthquake Early Warning in Free-choice Learning Environments

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Project Description

We want to help keep our community safe in the event of an earthquake. That is why OMSI has partnered with the US Geological Survey (USGS) to promote public understanding of earthquake science and preparedness.

One earthquake preparedness tool, ShakeAlert®, is an Earthquake Early Warning system for the US West Coast, operated by USGS. It detects earthquakes quickly, allowing alerts to be sent out to warn people to take protective action before strong shaking arrives. We think that if people know how to use ShakeAlert, it has the potential to help them make decisions that can better protect them during an earthquake. 

We are working with the ShakeAlert® Educational Resources Working Group (ERWG) to support museums, science centers, libraries, and other free choice learning environments in helping their learners better understand how to prepare for an earthquake. To help empower institutions to engage with their communities, we are sharing resources and professional development material—together we make the entire West Coast more earthquake resilient.


US Geological Survey (USGS)

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

UC Boulder Natural Hazards Center

University of Oregon