Broadband Seismology Facility

Broadband Seismology Facility at Yale

Brad Foley unpacks a huge shipment

Brad Foley helps to unpack the huge shipment from Nanometrics in November 2008.

In late 2008, the Geology and Geophysics department acquired a pool of 21 broadband seismometers for use in temporary deployments in regions of particular tectonic interest. Each set consists of a Trillium 120P broadband sensor along with a Taurus digitizer/datalogger; the equipment is manufactured by Nanometrics, Inc.

This equipment has been deployed in the past in New England (station EARL, located in South Berwick, ME), in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio as part of the TEENA and MAGIC experiments, at Springfield Plantation, Dominica (station NATD), and in Peru as part of the PULSE (PerU Lithosphere and Slab Experiment) project. The stations are currently deployed in Connecticut as part of the Field Experiences for Science Teachers (FEST) pilot program - stay tuned for updates!


A seismogram recorded by one of the Yale broadband seismometers deployed in Williamsburg, VA for the TEENA experiment. This record is from a deep (~630 km) earthquake in the western Philippines subduction zone on October 4, 2009.                         seismogram

Record section showing Rayleigh wave arrivals on the vertical components for stations deployed during Year 1 of the MAGIC experiment for an earthquake offshore California.