Learning Center: QCNLive

Educational Software

The Quake-Catcher Network is designed to be an educational tool for describing earthquakes and earthquake science in the classroom. For this purpose, we include a demonstration program called QCNLive for learning using lesson plans. QCNLive does not report to the QCN server and has two modes: earthquake viewing and sensor viewing.

Sensor Viewing

The following figure is a snapshot of a laptop seismometer in sensor viewing mode:

QCN screenshot

The plots (from bottom to top) are of x, y, and Z acceleration, and the measure of significance of the acceleration relative to the "noise" in the prior 1 minute window.

Quake Viewing

QCN day view

QCN night view

Earthquake Viewing Mode: The day and night views allow students to search the globe for the most recent earthquakes. The day view is easier to orient to, yet the night view shows where people live.
The pink lines show the major plate boundaries. Most earthquakes occur at the plate boundaries, where the plates slide by each other. The seismic hazard is greatest where people live and earthquakes occur regularly.

By clicking on each earthquake (red bubble) you can learn more about the earthquake. By double clicking each earthquake, you jump to the USGS website for that earthquake.