Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 387–404 | Cite as

Real-time earthquake warning for astronomical observatories

  • Michael CoughlinEmail author
  • Christopher Stubbs
  • Sergio Barrientos
  • Chuck Claver
  • Jan Harms
  • R. Chris Smith
  • Michael Warner
Original Article


Early earthquake warning is a rapidly developing capability that has significant ramifications for many fields, including astronomical observatories. In this work, we describe the susceptibility of astronomical facilities to seismic events, including large telescopes as well as second-generation ground-based gravitational-wave interferometers. We describe the potential warning times for observatories from current seismic networks and propose locations for future seismometers to maximize warning times.


Astronomical observatories Earthquakes Gravitational-wave detectors 



The authors would like to thank USGS scientists Paul Earle and Michelle Guy for helpful discussions related to Early Earthquake Warning and the PDL client. MC was supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, under NSF grant number DGE 1144152. CWS is grateful to the DOE Office of Science for their support under award DE-SC0007881.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Centro Sismológico Nacional de la Universidad de ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.LSST ObservatoryTucsonUSA
  4. 4.INFN, Sezione di FirenzeSesto FiorentinoItaly
  5. 5.Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy ObservatoryLa SerenaChile

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