How it works

Big things come in small packages

Raspberry Shake is probably the smallest seismograph of its caliber in existence, but don’t let its size fool you. It can record earthquakes of all magnitudes. From the vanishingly small blips that are imperceptible to human senses, to the big destructive earthquakes that regularly happen around the world.

While the Earth shakes, other exciting activities happen all the time in the atmosphere, emitting sounds too low for our human ears to hear. These sound waves travel huge distances and come from an incredible number of sources such as meteorites, rocket launches, tornadoes, lightning, wind farms, airplanes, trains, traffic and much much more!

The Raspberry Shake and the Raspberry Boom monitor Earth and atmospheric activity from two different perspectives, making them the perfect compliment for a more complete picture. They conveniently snap right onto Raspberry Pi, the most popular single-board personal computer in the tech world. Once you plug in you are ready to start monitoring and connect with hundreds of others on the largest Citizen powered Earth monitoring network, called Station View, and discover fascinating events from around the globe in real time!

Picture above: the Raspberry Shake 3D Turnkey

Picture above: the Raspberry Shake 3D Turnkey

What can you detect?

How it works

Raspberry Shake seismographs and infrasound monitors utilize a combination of professional-grade earth sensors, our powerful Shake Board digitizer, and the popular Raspberry Pi computer pre-programmed with our custom Shake OS (operating system). The main geophone, accelerometer, and infrasound sensors act like “earth microphones”, always listening-in on our living, breathing planet and our human impact.

The Shake Board digitizer receives, processes, and interprets the sensor data in real-time, allowing for the Raspberry Pi computer to export the data for easy access. The data output can be displayed and analyzed using our own comprehensive set of web tools or any standard seismological software.

The Raspberry Shake is a powerful, professional grade seismological instrument that anyone can use.

Get the most out of your device with ShakeNet, our central hub for everything Raspberry Shake.

  • Access multiple web tools and services to help you visualize, analyze and understand the data coming from your Shake
  • Interact with the Shaker community and any other station on the network
  • Keep updated on all the latest Shake news and developments
Use it alongside the ShakeNet mobile app which brings the power of your Raspberry Shake into the palm of your hand.

Go to ShakeNet

  Desktop Apps

Station View

Global map with the latest earthquake activities, all stations online and live trace view.

Access Station View →

EQ Locator

P-wave and S-wave picker to locate epicenters of earthquakes.

Access EQ Locator →

Data View

APP to view data for all stations, all channels, over all time; including filtering and frequency domain analysis.

Access Data View →

EQ Sound

Create and download audio files of the latest earthquakes.

Access EQ Sound →

    ShakeNet Mobile App


Watch in real-time as earthquakes roll in from around the globe on your own Raspberry Shake and others on the network.

  • Watch live & historic earthquake activity with mobile & web display tools
  • Stay up to date with one of the most complete lists of earthquake events
  • Stay up to date with one of the most complete lists of earthquake events
  • Discover more by finding Shake stations near you or on the other side of the planet

  • Dig into the details and view historic data from any Shake on the network
  • Learn how to locate the epicenter of an earthquake

  • Connect with a world-wide community of fellow citizen scientists

  • Contribute to the real-time detection of earthquakes around the globe

One product, various use cases

Love gadgets? The Raspberry Shake range has something for everyone!

Consumer Interest Groups

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, makers, hobbyists, Citizen scientists etc can plug into the Raspberry Shake network and start watching the Earth’s activities from their own homes.

Educational Facilities

Schools and Universities can access data from any Raspberry Shake in the world, making it a good solution for seismically active earthquake areas and quiet regions alike. Perfect for viewing micro-tremores and the larger events featured in IRIS Teachable Moments. The RS is also compatible with jamaSeis and SWARM analytical software.

Professional Institutes

Government / private research facilities and businesses can densify their networks more cost effectively and can easily comply to legal structural monitoring requirements and more. The Oklahoma Geological Survey recently acquired 100 units to expand their network, rolling them out to schools and educational facilities to raise awareness and provide valuable educational tools.

There are soooo many cool things you can do with your Raspberry Shake. These days loads of people seem to have a Raspberry Pi lying around collecting dust, waiting for something awesome they can do with it… Well here’s your chance!
You too can use the same equipment professional researchers and citizen scientists are using to better understand changes in our ecosystem such as the melting of the ice caps, landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

And as the Earth is always in motion due to our human footprint, you will even get to see the “cultural noises” of human impact happening right around you!

It’s fun to make, fun to program, and fun to watch the Earth moooooove!


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