The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory conducts essential research on earthquakes and solid earth processes while collecting and delivering high quality geophysical data.

We provide robust earthquake and hazard information including real-time alerts to the public, in collaboration with our partners.

We enable the broad consumption of earthquake information by everyone while educating and training students at all levels and from all backgrounds.

Dr. Harriet C.P. Lau wins Packard Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Harriet C.P. Lau wins Packard Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Harriet C.P. Lau received a 2022 Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Lau and her research group will use this generous award to better understand how mantle and crustal deformation influences Earth's climate system over vast timescales.

Dr. Strauss Interview

Shake Alert: Earthquake preparedness w/ Dr. Jennifer Strauss

Dr. Jennifer Strauss discusses earthquake preparedness and how the new Shake Alert system can give emergency response just enough notice to begin preparing to respond.

SF rubble

How San Francisco was devastated by the 1906 earthquake

On April 18, 1906, an earthquake and the fires that followed leveled San Francisco. But from the rubble came advancements in earthquake science and preparedness.

Postdoc Mosaic

Meet the BSL Postdocs!

What unites them is a common goal to innovate and push boundaries. The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory is honored to welcome these burgeoning scientists on their research journeys.

Asymmetric Inner Core

Is Earth's Core Lopsided? Strange Goings-on in Our Planet's Interior

For reasons unknown, Earth’s solid-iron inner core is growing faster on one side than the other, and it has been ever since it started to freeze out from molten iron more than half a billion years ago, according to a new study by seismologists at the University of California, Berkeley. The faster growth under Indonesia’s...

Stress Interaction of wastewater injection & fault activation

Widespread Deep Seismicity in the Delaware Basin, Texas, Is Mainly Driven by Shallow Wastewater Injection

Industrial activity away from plate boundaries can induce earthquakes and has evolved into a global issue. Much of the induced seismicity in the United States' midcontinent is attributed to a direct pressure increase from deep wastewater...

Schematic of EEW Process

Alerts for the Whole West Coast

It was a decade in the making, but on Tuesday it became reality. The whole US West Coast is now covered by a single, uniform early warning system against the devastating effects of earthquakes. Washington was the last of the three states along the Pacific Coast to join the system dubbed “ShakeAlert”, which can give up to 60 seconds, or even more, of warning before strong seismic...

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Peggy Hellweg Elected SSA President-Elect

Peggy Hellweg, operations manager for the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected president-elect by the Board of the Seismological Society of America on 14 April. Hellweg previously served as SSA Secretary and co-chaired the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference, SSA’s joint meeting with...

Beirut Explosion Israel Network

An Explosion in Beirut heard all over the Middle East

The terrible explosion which devastated the port of Beirut and large parts of the downtown area of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday sent shock waves through the Middle East and parts of southeastern Europe. Seismometers as far away as 600 miles from the blast site recorded the seismic waves it produced...

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ERC Interviews Professor Barbara Romanowicz

Barbara Romanowicz, geophysicist and expert on imaging the earth's interior, has been a member of the ERC’s Scientific Council since 2016. She explains the nature of her research, its reach across the planet and also updates us on gender issues developments at the ERC....
(Read more at ERC)