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The Quake-Catcher Network is a joint collaborative initiative run by Stanford University and UC Riverside that aims to use computer based accelerometers to detect earthquakes.[1] It uses the BOINC volunteer computing platform (a form of distributed computing, similar to SETI@home).

It currently supports newer Mac laptops which have the built-in accelerometer (used to park hard drive heads if the laptop is dropped), and the newer IBM/Lenovo thinkpads.[2] It also supports two external USB devices currently - the JoyWarrior 24F8 and the MotionNode Accel.[3]


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