Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Thursday, May 17, 2012 1:40 PM
Yes, I am the GADGET GEEK GODDESS!!!!
Who else do you know that has a Seismograph bolted to the floor of their garage?
As of today, Havenscourt Homestead is officially a USGS NetQuakes monitoring station. How fricking cool is that???
I applied for the program about 14 months ago. I received a standard auto-response "we'll get in touch with you if selected" e-mail and then nothing. That was until last Monday. I had just finished a goat consultation and was checking my voice mail before going over to Soul Flower Farm for a visit. Wow, was I surprised by the message! My home had been selected for the program and they wanted to make an appointment to come out and install the equipment. It's now four days later and the seismograph is online. It's tucked nicely under one of the shelving units in the library.
No, I won't be able to tell the magnitude of an earthquake when we have one. The purpose of this equipment is to log the ground movement at set locations, North/South, East/West, and Vertical. One of the things they use this data for is to determine where to send First Responders should a major earthquake hit. The area with the most movement is most likely the area with the most damage and potential for human injury.
Within the next 24 hours, my location will appear on the instrument map, and I'll be able to view the data sent from my homestead. And so can you! My station number is CO63.
Yes... I'm a total gadget geek! Wicked cool.