Nevada Seismological Laboratory
You can still volunteer! Although our main experiment is winding down, we will be conducting additional experiments throughout the Truckee Meadows. It is essential to our planning that we have you on our map as a willing host. Look below at our previous announcement explaining how to volunteer.
This experiment was an unqualified success. During our second deployment from May 28 through June 1, our deployment of 66 recorders at volunteers' homes and businesses recorded a magnitude 3.1 earthquake in the early hours of May 31. The graphic below shows the seismograms recorded at each volunteer site, arranged by distance from the earthquake's epicenter. The sharp onset of the earthquake's shaking at each recorder is what gives us the information we need to reconstruct how the Truckee Meadows geologic basin affects the shaking. Click on the image for a printable PDF version:
Here is a map showing most of the volunteers who hosted recorders for the second deployment:
Our first deployment, from May 18 through May 22, only caught a magnitude 2.2 event on the afternoon of the 20th. It occurred during rush hour, when ground noise from traffic was high, so it was not recorded well at many sites:
Here is a map of volunteers who hosted recorders for the first deployment:
At Lincoln Park Elementary School in Sparks, Mrs. Roggensack's 3rd-grade class hosted a recorder. The students helped to install and pick up their recorder during both deployments:
We much appreciate your interest, and your community spirit in volunteering!
-The Nevada Seismological Lab
The Nevada Seismological Lab is looking for hundreds of volunteers around the Truckee Meadows, willing to host a seismic recorder on their property. If you would like to volunteer, please email the following information to John Louie at the Lab (firstname.lastname@example.org). Use the Subject line ``Volunteer Host'':
We will be setting these recorders out from about May 15 until about July 15. The recorder will be in place at your property for less than one week.
If you own or rent a home in the Truckee Meadows, we hope you will volunteer. The recorders are about the size of a loaf of bread, and are silent and completely self-contained. The attached sensor, the size of a coffee cup, should be buried in soil a few inches. Burying the sensor should not disturb your sprinkler lines or any other below-ground services. We would like to locate the sensor in a private area of your yard or patio where it is not easily visible from the street, and where it will be out of the way of your animals and gardening activities.
If you are a condo or apartment dweller, you can still help us if you have a ground-floor patio that is not entirely paved.
If you volunteer, whether or not we select your property to host a recorder, we will send you a note of thanks. As well, with your permission we will add your email address to a list that we will keep updated with the progress of this experiment, and its results.