Friday, August 29, 2008

Arizona Seismic Station Network

Greetings, all:

I am sending you some news updates about the seismic stations (seismometer) that we're busy trying to acquire in order to build the first nationally integrated seismic network in Arizona. We applied for a FEMA grant to acquire these stations because the seismic risk in Arizona is likely underestimated.

The grant funded us to acquire 8 seismometers for 2 years. While this is a good start, we really need more stations for longer in order to have more adequate coverage of the state. (To put it in perspective, USArray has deployed 58 stations across the state, and everything we don't acquire,
leaves.) We have been trying to reach critical facilities (because they are one component of the grant funding) to see if they can help fund some of these stations for longer, or if they would like to sponsor a new station outside of one we're getting from the grant. We also would like to to get in contact with those groups who have a stake in gaining seismic data, would might benefit from the PR that goes along with adoption, or would actually benefit from the tax deductible donation.

We would like to enlist your help in searching for potential seismic station sponsors. Please let me know if you have ideas for groups that we can contact, or any other ideas you have that can help spread the word. We are hitting a serious deadline now: starting in October, the seismometers are being removed from Arizona; once they go, we'll never get them back.

I have attached 3 documents that I hope you will find useful: our press release about the grant, the Adopt-A-Station flyer, and the station removal schedule. (Note that the western side of the state is scheduled for removal first.)

We appreciate any assistance you can provide us, and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to let me know. If your group is interested, and would like a presentation about the project, please let me know.



Mimi Diaz
Phoenix Branch Chief
Agency Liaison
Arizona Geological Survey
1502 W Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 708-8253
Fax: (602) 771-1616

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