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Quake-Catcher Network is a project which collects vibration data from laptops and uses it to spot earthquakes.
Quake-Catcher Network takes idle laptop time and recordings from accelerometers in laptop hard drives to record seismic activity. A USB sensor is available for desktop computers. The collected information is then pooled to create a database of seismic activity.
Elizabeth Cochran of the University of California Riverside, a research campus, thought up the Quake-Catcher Network was created. It was developed with help from Stanford University.
Quake-Catcher Network - Stanford University