Initial Publication Date: March 3, 2021

ShakeAlert: Educational resources for teaching about earthquakes and early warning in the US

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

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Dr. Robert-Michael de Groot, USGS ShakeAlertCoordinator for Communication, Education, Outreach, and Technical Engagement

Dr. Danielle Sumy, USGS ShakeAlert National Educational Resources Development Coordinator, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

Webinar Description

In this webinar, we will introduce the ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system for the West Coast of the United States. We will focus on the development of resources for a range of audiences in formal learning environments and free-choice learning venues, such as schools and museums, respectively. Participants will learn about our other resources, which include a multi-lingual messaging toolkit, science education products such as animations, and training protocols used by technical partners who deliver ShakeAlert-powered alerts to people and automated systems. You will gain insight into how earthquake early warning is another useful tool in the earthquake preparedness toolbox!

Webinar Goals

By the end of the webinar, participants will know how/why:

  • ShakeAlert® earthquake early warning system works
  • ShakeAlert® fits into the larger suite of Advanced National Seismic System earthquake information products and tools, such as ShakeMap and Did You Feel It?
  • Understand how ShakeAlert fosters the development of an EEW industry
  • ShakeAlert uses social science research to inform resource development, testing, and evaluation.
  • Be able to navigate webpage of education materials



Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The webinar will be recorded.
Accessing the Webinar: Instructions for joining the webinar will be email to participants the day before the event. Learn more about accessing the webinar.
Questions? Please contact Bradlee Cotton ( or Mitchell Bender-Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.