Columbus State University's seismic monitoring station at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center recorded seismic activity from Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.
The station measures seismic waves, which are vibrations generated by an earthquake, explosion, or similar phenomenon and transmitted within the Earth or along its surface.
“This is the strongest quake reading we’ve recorded since the station was installed last summer," said professor Shawn Cruzen, executive director of CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center.
The system, based on a shoe box-size seismometer that's interfaced with a computer, is used solely for local educational purposes but eventually will be linked to a network used by researchers nationwide.
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The station's recorded seismic reading can be seen on the science center's Web site.
Those interested in helping the victims of Tuesday's quake can make financial donation to the West Central Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross. The donation will help the Red Cross meet emergency needs of those affected. Donations can be made by calling the chapter at 706-323-5614, by mail at American Red Cross, 3940 Rosemont Drive, Columbus, GA 31904 or online at the organization's Web site.