Berkeley Seismological Laboratory


The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) conducts research on earthquake processes and Earth structure, provides timely and accurate earthquake information to a variety of public and private agencies, and assists in the education of students and the public in earthquake science.

Scientists at the BSL conduct research on earthquakes on both the regional and global scales. Faculty, staff, and students are involved in a variety of active projects. The BSL brings together faculty from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering as well as graduate students, who are typically associated with the Department of Earth and Planetary Science. The BSL has a long history in the fields of earthquake science and earthquake information. Since 1887, the Seismological Laboratory has been involved in operating seismic networks in central and northern California, with the mission:

• to conduct and promote research to further our understanding of earthquake processes and of earth structure at the regional and global scale.; 

• to provide timely and accurate earthquake information, particularly concerning central and northern California earthquakes, to a variety of public and private agencies including emergency response operators and the press; and 

• to assist in the education and training of students and the public in earthquake science. Visit the Education and Outreach page

Detailed information regarding the BSL's operations and research may be found in the Annual Report

Richard Allen
(510) 642-3977
Staff contact
Fabia Terra
Mailing address

215 McCone Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-4760

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