The seismometer at Columbus State University's Coca-Cola Space Science Center recorded activity from the earthquake in Western Indonesia today.
The quake struck 30 miles off the coast of Sumatra, toppling buildings, cutting electricity and killing at least 75 people.
The seismometer at the center was able to measure the seismic waves generated from the quake. The instrument also recorded information from the Samoan earthquake on September 29 and the New Zealand earthquake on July 15.
Seismometers are instruments that measure and record motions of the ground, including those of seismic waves generated by earthquakes, nuclear explosions, and other seismic sources.
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Records of seismic waves allow seismologists to map the interior of the Earth and locate and measure the size of these different sources.
To see a real-time record of the seismic activity, click here