Lecture: Under the hood of Earthquake Early Warning

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

North City Tech Meetup

Monday, December 2, 2019, 7 to 9pm 
Shoreline Library 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155

Free and open to everyone

Under the hood of Earthquake Early Warning
By Steve Malone, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington

After a brief primer on basic seismology, earthquake hazards and a review of earthquake prediction, rapid notification and early warning, we will go under the hood of the current prototype Earthquake Early Warning system (ShakeAlert), which is running in the Pacific Northwest. 

Dr. Malone will give some of the technical details of how it currently works and where and why it will or will not work when one could most use it. 

He will cover a bit about earthquake source theory but spend more time on the technical aspects of acquiring and processing the needed data and finish by outlining the most difficult part of all, having it effectively used by the general population.

Steve Malone, Professor Emeritus,
University of Washington

Dr. Malone’s primary research interest is in network seismology, earthquake hazards, Episodic Tremor and Slip (ETS) and volcano seismology. In particular he is interested in the technology of operating a modern digitally recorded regional seismograph network and assist at a low level with the operations of the PNSN. This system includes near real-time event processing and alarms which notify staff members of large earthquakes or equipment failure and provide information to the public and interested parties via e-mail and web pages.

Dr. Malone was the principal scientist responsible for the seismic monitoring of Mt. St. Helens and other Cascade volcanos, and was quite involved with the seismic prediction of past eruptions at St. Helens and the study of the volcanic conduit system using seismic data. More recently I have been investigating various aspects of the volcanic hazards of Mount Rainier and with non-volcanic tremor associated with slow-slip earthquakes.

Interests: Seismology, Tectonics, Hazards
Research Groups: Seismology and Tectonics, Volcanology

The North City Tech Meetup is a free meetup, usually the first Monday of each month at one of our local libraries: Lake Forest Park, Shoreline or Kenmore. People of all levels of interest and experience are encouraged to attend. There is always time for introductions and discussions. Skip the traffic and join with your fellow north-enders once a month for interesting presentations and discussions.

You can visit the Meetup.com page for each month’s topic. Upcoming events:
  • January 6, 2020 – Climate Change, Kenmore Library
  • February 3, 2020 – Blockchain in the Northwest – How startups are using blockchain in our area. (location TBD)
  • March 2, 2020 – Get Plugged in with an Electric Car, (Location TBD)


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