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Seismograph Records Haiti Earthquake January 21, 2010

Posted by bsciencecenter in Uncategorized.

The Science Center has an AS1 Seismograph placed in the hallway at BHS.  We have been learning how to use the machine over the past year so that it can be set-up in the lobby of each elementary building and MSMS.

As you know, there was a devastating Earthquake in Haiti at about 5PM EST, Tuesday January 12th.  When I arrived to the Science Center on Wednesday morning, January 13th, I took a look at our Seismographic Monitor in the hall.  I was amazed that the Science Center’s Seismograph recorded the Haiti Earthquake! The machine detected the seismic waves from Haiti in Burlington.

I thought you should also have the opportunity to catch a glimpse as well.

Below is a picture of the AS 1 Seismograph in the hallway, a photo of the actual monitor screen and a print-out of the Earthquake seismic waves as they occurred in real time.  The Earthquake measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale (this is a very large magnitude).  The print-out also shows the first wave hit at about 4:57PM and lasted with substantial activity for over an hour!

This unit will be set-up in your lobbies shortly and will be accompanied by a Science Center program teaching 4th and 6th graders how to use it.

We all feel for the people of Haiti and hope peace can be restored as soon as possible.


1. Katherine L. Toon - April 18, 2010

Thank you for this information. My son is doing a science fair project and he built his own seismograph which looks surprisingly similar to this one, only he made it with wood. It’s a fascinating subject.

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