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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn some earthquake basics?
The California Geological Survey maintains an FAQ page at http://www.conservation.ca.gov/index/Earthquakes/Pages/qh_earthquakes.aspx

Where can I find out about California earthquake hazards and risk?
The Earthquake Country Alliance has collected links to find information about hazards in your own neighborhood and how best to be prepared should an earthquake or tsunami effect your family at http://earthquakecountry.org/risk/

Can our group visit SCEC to see an exhibit/demonstration/seismometer/etc?
While SCEC headquarters at USC houses our software development lab and Communication, Education and Outreach program, most SCEC research is distributed among the hundreds of scientists, engineers, programmers and educators who work at one of our many partner institutions. Some of them, notably the Caltech Seismo Lab, do offer student tours of their facilities. To be able to view a seismometer right in your own classroom, check out the resources at Quake-Catcher Network.

Can SCEC provide data about past earthquakes?
The Southern California Earthquake Data Center (SCEDC) is the archive of the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN). It is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). Its primary mission is to distribute data recorded or processed by the SCSN such as: