Tour of the USGS Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory (ASL) and the FACT site at Sandia


This tour will offer overviews of the ASL and FACT facilities described below.

The mission of the ASL is to enhance public safety and reduce losses from geologic and earthquake hazards. This mission is achieved through the operation of high quality monitoring networks including the Global Seismographic Network (GSN), and US backbone network, support of regional networks, and instrument testing.  ASL is operated by the USGS under the National Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).

The Facility for Acceptance, Calibration and Testing (FACT) at Sandia National Laboratories serves as the primary resource for staff involved in seismic and infrasound station component evaluation.  The FACT site has several shallow boreholes, an underground seismic pier, an infrasound isolation chamber and a recently purchased shake table system.  The FACT site also maintains several remote field sites with shallow vaults suitable for seismic or infrasound array-oriented research.  This work is funded by the United States Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Verification (NA-221).

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA-0003525.


Thursday, June 14, 2018, 1pm-4:30pm
Albuquerque Seismological Lab and FACT Site both at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM


Katrin Hafner and ASL and FACT staff


To register, please email before May 18, 2018 and indicate your interest in attending the tour.  

Please Note:  This tour is now full!  (6/1/2018)

NOTE:  All participants must submit personal information to Katrin Hafner by May 18, 2018, in order to gain access to the tour. Because ASL and FACT are located on the Kirtland Air Force Base, this tour is limited to US citizens.