College Seismometer records the devesating power of Japan Earthquake

Students at Bridgwater College were early witnesses to the devastation wreaked upon Japan in the recent earthquake.

They arrived to find the College's high technology seismometer, which is used by Geology students for training purposes, had picked up every tremor of the devastating quake.

College Seismometer records the devesating power of Japan Earthquake
Tutor David Soloman with 16 year old Geology student James Dixon

David Soloman explained,

“The sensor normally makes a routine record of the trains on the nearby railway tracks and the occasional collapse of abandoned mine workings in South Wales. Friday morning's event masked these local insignificances, even though it occurred over nine thousand kilometres away.”

The seismometer was a gift from the University of Plymouth to help Geology students learn about the internal structure of the Earth. Bridgwater College is a part of the British Geological Survey School Seismology Project and functions as a Seismology Station. You can follow the College's progress on the British Geological Survey website the station's code name is BRIC.