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Seismometers at Moravian College Measure Intensity of Virginia Earthquake

Prof. ColemanBethlehem, Pa., August 23, 2011 -- As the buildings shook and employees streamed outside, seismometers at Moravian College got a jolt from today’s a 5.9 magnitude temblor based in Virginia that sent tremors from the nation’s capital to New York City and New England.

Moravian College maintains multiple seismometers that collected data from the earthquake. “These devices are sensitive enough to detect events on the other side of the world, and so today's event generated an immense seismograph,” said Ben Coleman, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer Science at Moravian College, “It was so large that it maxed out the device (see the flat regions in the attached image).”

For the past three years, the computer science program at Moravian College has worked with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) to develop software to help students learn about earthquakes and seismology. Coleman, while not an expert on seismology, is available to talk in general about the types of computations that seismologist perform and how our software helps students learn about the field. For contact information: http://www.moravian.edu/default.aspx?pageid=2662.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.