Earthquake early warning sensor installed at BMSC

An earthquake early warning sensor was installed at BMSC by Ocean Networks Canada last week – one of many sensors being deployed along the west coast.

A combination of an accelerometer and a GPS receiver will estimate the size and location of earthquakes, and potentially detect the earlier, weaker, primary ‘P’ wave from the earthquake, providing a warning before the stronger, secondary ‘S’ wave from the earthquake reaches people.

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(images courtesy Ocean Networks Canada)

Earthquake early warning is a collaboration among government, academia, industry, and communities including: Ocean Networks Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the University of British Columbia, United States Geological Survey and the University of Washington.