IRIS provides management of, and access to, observed
and derived data for the global earth science community.
This includes ground motion, atmospheric, infrasonic,
hydrological, and hydroacoustic data.
Our mission is to advance awareness and understanding of seismology
and earth science while inspiring careers in geophysics.
IRIS staff and subawardees oversee the construction,
operation, and maintenance of seismic networks
and related data facilities utilized
by a wide sector of the earth science community.
IRIS consists of three directorates:
Instrumentation Services (IS),
Data Services (DS), and
Education & Public Outreach (EPO).
Each directorate consists of various programs listed to the right.
IRIS has multiple online tools that allow you
to learn about global and regional seismicity.
IRIS is a consortium of over 120 US universities dedicated
to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition,
management, and distribution of seismological data.
IRIS is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization incorporated
in the state of Delaware with its primary headquarters office
located in Washington, DC. IRIS is governed according to By-laws.
IRIS offers a variety of resources for the
seismological community and general public
including online interactive materials,
regular newsletters, brochures,
webinars, past event materials. We also offer
digital copies of our proposals and reviews
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred in the Owens Valley, underneath the bed of Owens Lake, just east of Mt. Whitney, 17.7 km (11 miles) southeast of Lone Pine, CA at a depth of 4.7 km (2.9 miles).
12 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt/animations 92.4 MB / pdf 1.04 MB)
Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 110 MB / pdf 1.08 MB)
IRIS Earthquake Browser
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