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Raspberry Shake is novel seismograpgh that can:

  • Record earthquakes magnitude 2 and up within a radius of 50 miles.
  • Record earthquakes magnitude 4 and up in a radius of 250 miles.
  • Record earthquakes of larger magnitudes farther away but it will miss some of the subtleties and some of the lower frequencies.
  • Share data with seismic observatories world wide in standard format.
  • Show all activity for the last week.
  • Send alarms and warnings to your cell phone.
  • See and plot the data from any other Raspberry shake.

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FAQ

Has Raspberry Shake been tested with a real earthquake?

Yes, we have! We’ve included the examples in our book “Personal Seismology” that comes with the Raspberry Shake.

Can I share the data from my Raspberry Shake with others?

Yes and no. That is our $15,000 stretch goal. One of the beauties of the Raspberry Shake is that once we port the code, sharing your data is easy. You only have to select the sharing option and we do the rest. The data is sent to a cloud server and you will see a dot on the world map of all of the Shakes on line.

Can I locate earthquakes with my Raspberry Shake?

A single Raspberry Shake will allow you to estimate the distance to the earthquake as well as its magnitude, but not the direction. If you had data from several Shakes, you would be able to locate events. We have a manual method set up for this, and we have a $50,000 stretch goal to automate this process with a software.

Can I predict earthquakes with my Shake?

Earthquake prediction is not possible these days: it’s just too complicated and not linear. Imagine taking a pencil in your hands and bending it until it breaks: you can never be sure exactly when it is going to snap, because as the pencil goes from bending to snapping, the process is not linear. It depends on too many things like the kind of wood, the orientation of the wood grains, the relative humidity, the diameter of the lead, the thickness of the paint, etc.

How far away will I be able to detect earthquakes?

The bigger the earthquake the farther away you will be able to detect it. Raspberry Shake is best for local and regional earthquakes (300 miles or less). It can register Anything you can feel and many of the earthquakes you cannot feel.

Where is the best place to install my Shake?

Your Shake is a very sensitive motion detector. It can track motions that are much smaller than a human hair. The best place to install it is in the quietest place you can find: a shed out in your yard, a corner of your garage, the basement, etc. Better yet a place with internet connection and far away from people and traffic. We’ve dedicated a chapter of the book to this subject.

Will my Shake use up my internet connection?

Not at all! If you do not share your data with the Shake community, you will not use any of your bandwidth. And even if you do so, you will use so little bandwidth that it will be hard to measure. To give you an idea, that will be much less than streaming music.

Can I contribute my data to the USGS or my country’s seismic observatory?

Yes, once you share your data it will be available to anyonewho wants to use it, including the USGS. Mostly likely local universities will be glad to use the data. Sharing is your choice and is secure with no path back to your network. We need to reach our $15,000 stretch goal to be able to develop the software to the RPi platform.

Will Shake work with any Raspberry Pi?

Yes it will work with any Raspberry Pi that has internet connectivity (B, B+, 2B, 3). Your Shake will also work with most any single board computer that can run a modern Linux / GNU like Beaglebone, Odroid and many others.

Can I use a geophone that I already have?

Yes, as long as it is a 4.5 Hz geophone with a coil resistance of 380 ohms. Contact us if you have any questions or want to double check that your geophone is compatible.

Can I use a Beaglebone or Odroid with the Raspberry Shake board?

Yes, but you will have to wire up the Raspberry Shake board to the RS232 TX/RX port of your single board computer and you will have to map one GPIO from the RPi to your SBC. Then, just load the software that we have prepare for you from our website.

Does Shake work anywhere in the world?

Yes! Raspberry Shake is a portable device, so you'll be able to take it with you wherever you go. You don’t even need internet connection, since you can run it on a local network.

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