- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jun 05, 2000
The California Institute of Technology, the U.S. Geological Survey and the
California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program of the California Division
of Mines and Geology have teamed with private-sector partners to develop
a program to reduce earthquake damage.
The TriNet project — once it is completed in a year and a half from
now — will help disaster response teams take action by quickly identifying
areas subject to the greatest shaking intensity.
A goal of TriNet is to provide real-time ground shaking information to emergency
response decision-makers in the form of a "shake map." The map focuses on
the ground shaking produced by the earthquake rather than the parameters
describing the earthquake source. (While an earthquake has one magnitude
and one epicenter, it produces a range of ground shaking levels throughout
Instead of taking hours or days to confirm earthquake activity, the
state-of-the-art technology used by TriNet will enable scientists to create
shake maps in minutes.
Other TriNet partners include Pacific Bell, Southern California Edison,
the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Navy, the Air Force and
the U.S. Forest Service.