Final Report on the Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool Facility

The final report for the National Science Foundation funded Ocean Bottom Instrument Pool (OBSIP) facility is now available. Continue Reading

First Release of Data from Mars InSight Now Available

The first data from the Mars SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Internal Structure) instrument is now available from the IRIS Data Management Center, in parallel with the NASA’s Planetary Data System and the IPGP’s Mars SEIS Data Service. Continue Reading

Where are the IRIS Interns Now?

A survey finds that most IRIS intern alumni are employed in the geosciences, but across a variety of employment sectors. Continue Reading


Mar 4 IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship Series
Discovery Museum, Science Distilled (Reno,Nevada)
Earthquake Resources

NEW ANIMATION! Bomb or Earthquake?

How do seismologists tell the difference between an explosion and an earthquake, when both shake the ground? Find out in this new animation!

New Animation! Cascades Subduction Zone—What can the landscape tell us?

This animation describes the geographic provinces of the Pacific Northwest, including the subducting plate, the subduction boundary, the Coast Range, the lowlands, and the Cascades mountain range.

How does a tectonic plate die?

How does a tectonic plate die?

Armed with information from seismic arrays, scientists explore the question of how oceanic tectonic plates "die".
Rainy days make glaciers move and shake

Rainy days make glaciers move and shake

It is the growth of cavities at the ice-rock interface that is driving crevasse growth at the glacier’s surface. Lagging behind the zone of cavitation is an increase in seismicity characteristic of crevasse growth—icequakes.
Early seismic waves hold the clue to the power of the main temblor

Early seismic waves hold the clue to the power of the main temblor

A team of researchers at Harvard University used data products and created numerical models to predict an earthquake’s final magnitude 10 to 15 seconds faster than today’s best algorithms.