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About Global ShakeMovie

Developed by

Princeton University
Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PiCSIE )
Terascale Infrastructure for Groundbreaking Research in Engineering and Science (TIGRESS)
The Educational Technology Centers (ETC)

The Team

Jeroen Tromp, Bill Guthe, Curt Hillegas, Robert Knight, Jill Moraca, Dennis McRitchie, Kevin Perry, Simon Su, Ebru Bozdag, Vala Hjorleifsdottir, Dimitri Komatitsch, Qinya Liu, Daniel Peter, and Paul Friberg.

In Collaboration With

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
San Diego Supercomputer Center

Originally Created by

Caltech's Seismological Laboratory
Instrumental Software Technologies, Inc.
Caltech's Center for Advanced Computing Research

The Team

Jeroen Tromp, Qinya Liu, Paul Friberg, Egill Hauksson, Margaret Vinci, Swaminathan Krishnan, John McCorquodale, Santiago Lombeyda, Rae Yip, Dimitri Komatitsch, and many, many more!

Publications and Open Source Code


Normal-mode synthetics are calculated based upon software provided by Göran Ekström and originally written by John Woodhouse and Adam Dziewoński.

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Recent Press

"Tracing the Quake"
The Daily Princetonian, Jan 17, 2010.

"Princeton produces video simulating earthquake in Haiti"
by Kitta MacPherson
New Jersey Newsroom, Jan 15, 2010.

"Princeton produces video simulating earthquake in Haiti"
The TV Realist, Jan 15, 2010.

"Princeton prof. simulates Haiti quake"
by Krystal Knapp, Jan 15, 2010.

"Supercomputing On Demand"
by Paul Tooby, UCSD News Center
UCSD University Comunications, July 10, 2007.

"American Scientist: Site of the Week: ShakeMovie"
by American Scientist ONLINE
American Scientist ONLINE , Sigma XI - Scientific Research Society, December 25, 2006.

"Net Watch: Earthquake Movies"
by Mitchell Leslie
Science Magazine, AAAS Press, July 21, 2006.

"Scientists release movies of SoCal earthquakes"
by Alicia Chang
The Associated Press, June 29, 2006.

"Caltech, USGS Dedicate Dell-Powered
Earthquake Media Center"
Supercomputing Online, June 29, 2006

"What's Shakin'? Caltech Creates 3-D Quake Movies"
CBS2/KCAL9 CBS/KCAL News/AP, June 29, 2006

"Computer Designed To Unlock Mysteries Of Earthquakes"
NBC 4 Los Angeles, NBC News, December 1, 2005
Updated April 17, 2006

"Unlocking the Secrets of Earthquakes"
by Rhonda Hillbery
One.caltech Campaign, September, 2005