Earthquake Hazards

ANSS - Advanced National Seismic System

As part of its monitoring activities, the ANSS includes a national Backbone network, the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) , the National Strong Motion Project , and 15 regional seismic networks operated by USGS and its partners.

The ANSS backbone

The ANSS backbone is based on the core of the original US National Seismic Network. In partnership with the National Science Foundation, the USGS worked with the Earthscope program (through the USArray project and IRIS) in 2004-2006 to upgrade and install new backbone stations. This effort was completed in September 2006, with 15 new stations installed and 20 existing stations upgraded. Today, the ANSS Backbone consists of nearly 100 stations in the United States, many of them contributed by partner networks and organizations. (Public domain.)

When earthquakes strike, ANSS delivers real-time information , providing situational awareness for emergency-response personnel. In regions with sufficient seismic stations, that information includes –within minutes–a ShakeMap showing the distribution of potentially damaging ground shaking, information used to target post-earthquake response efforts. When fully implemented, ANSS will provide such dense station coverage for all at-risk urban areas. Information from ANSS is a key input to the USGS National Seismic Hazard Maps, which help communities in earthquake-prone regions develop safer building practices.

ANSS Stations

Basic station information and operation status. For technical station information, see the ANSS Station Information System (SIS).

ANSS Heliplots

Real-time seismograms from ANSS stations

    ANSS Products

    The ANSS data has been used to develop many real-time information products.

    ANSS Governance

    Regional Networks

    ANSS Policy & Procedures Documents

    Contacts

    Cecily J Wolfe

    ANSS Coordinator
    Earthquake Hazards Program
    Phone: 703-648-6714

    Harley Benz

    ANSS Technical Manager
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Phone: 303-273-8600