Earthquakes are one the world's most deadly natural hazards. Large earthquakes often strike without warning in areas of high population density, which can lead to catastrophic events.
Seismology is the study of earthquakes and seismic waves. The BGS Earthquake Seismology Team is the UK's national earthquake monitoring agency. We operate a network of sensors across the UK to monitor both British and overseas earthquakes.
We use the data we collect to investigate the nature and distribution of earthquake activity, and what makes them happen, to improve our understanding of earthquake hazard.
We also use the seismic waves from earthquakes to image the interior of the Earth and develop models of the structure of the Earth.
Seismometers are the sensors that we use to detect, and locate earthquakes.
The BGS School Seismology project provides online resources to enable schools to detect signals from large earthquakes happening anywhere in the world.
Teachers and students working with earthquake data can learn a range of basic science concepts using the resources provided here, such as:
Extension projects include designing and building a seismometer or learning how to programme datalogging software using Python for a Raspberry Pi.