In Glacier View, Alaska, seismologists from around the world tested the sensitivity of the state's seismic monitoring equipment, which is so acute that it can detect subterranean signals from nuclear tests across the globe. The demonstration took place at station M23K, one of over 250 stations making up Alaska's advanced seismic network, a system highlighted during a 'field trip' from a major seismology conference in Anchorage. This network not only assists in scientific inquiry but is also a vital tool for public safety officials in providing timely and accurate earthquake alerts.

Jeroen Ritsema, a Professor within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, accompanied the group and described the network as a "first-rate system" – a testament to the state's commitment to monitoring seismic activity.

Maintaining the expansive network set against Alaska's rugged terrain presents significant logistical challenges and financial costs, involving fierce weather, remote locations, and curious wildlife, particularly bears that sometimes damage the equipment. Despite these obstacles, the network operates successfully, with costs largely supported by federal grant funding amounting to several million dollars annually.

Alaska's efforts to expand its network have resulted in a robust statewide system capable of collecting crucial geological data and possibly laying the groundwork for an early earthquake warning system in the near future.

Read the full article by the Anchorage Daily News here.