Joining a number of research institutes and marketing agencies, the U.S. Geological Survey is proving the power of citizen science once again with their newest web app Did You Feel It.
The website hopes to gauge the epicenter, strength and trajectory of earthquakes early in their development. How exactly? Citizen science! In the event of a tremor, and after you've ensured your own safety, simply head over to the Did You Feel It webpage and answer some basic questions about your experience. The USGC will then use that anonymous information to estimate the intensity of the quake and take emergency steps accordingly.
Dozens of earthquakes break out each day without notice or damage and, for the sake of longterm sustainability, it's important for researchers to understand patterns in tectonic clashes. Do your part and submit some info the next time you survive a 2.1er.
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