Berkeley Seismo Lab GPS station PTRB, at Point Reyes National Seashore

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory conducts essential research on earthquakes and solid earth processes while collecting and delivering high quality geophysical data.

We provide robust and real-time earthquake and hazard information on Northern California earthquakes, in collaboration with our partners.

We enable the broad consumption of earthquake information by the general public while educating and training students at all levels.

Seismo Blog: An Icon of Plate Tectonics - Erased for Now

It is not for naught that we call the Hayward Fault a "tectonic timebomb in our backyard". Almost 150 years have passed since the last major earthquake rattled the fault itself and, in fact, the entire San Francisco Bay Area...

Diego Melgar Moctezuma honored with Charles F. Richter Early Career Award

Seismological Society of America: Early in his career, seismologist Diego Melgar Moctezuma has already made significant research contributions in the areas of earthquake rupture and early warning, tsunami modeling, and community outreach regarding earthquakes and geosciences...

Japanese-language MyShake app crowdsources earthquake shaking

UC Berkeley scientists are releasing a Japanese version of an Android app that crowdsources ground-shaking information from smartphones to detect quakes and eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes...

Seismo Blog: Today in Earthquake History: San Francisco 1906

At the beginning of the 1900s, Enrico Caruso had already become a legend in music. When the performance ended at around 10:30 pm, the audience erupted in ecstatic applause - not knowing that less than seven hours later their city would change forever...