California Institute of Technology

Seismological Laboratory

About Us

Caltech's Seismological Laboratory, an arm of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS), was established in 1921. It has a distinguished history of leadership in science and serving the public interest. Internationally recognized for excellence in geophysical research and academics and home to outstanding facilities in seismic networks, high performance computing, and mineral physics, the Seismo Lab is an ideal place for study and research. The Lab serves as a focal point for earthquake information in Southern California and the world.

  • Seismo Lab scientists uncover the birth of subduction

  • Deploying seismometers on Lemon Creek Glacier, near Juneau, Alaska

  • Caltech Program Fosters Scientific Curiosity in Pasadena Unified Students

  • Earthquakes Can Make Thrust Faults Open Violently and Snap Shut

  • How Friction Evolves During an Earthquake