Why join QCN!

Help the scientific community

Your participation helps to increase the number of seismic sensors especially in urban areas, where risk is high and spatially heterogeneous. Volunteers will not only contribute data, but will help to better understand the earthquake phenomenon.

Improve earthquake preparedness

By better understanding the earthquakes and their effects, participants will improve their earthquake preparedness.

Access free data

Data of the other participants worldwide are freely accessible for visualisation and download:


How to join QCN!

Read the installation instructions and connect your sensor to QCN in 8 steps

Get a sensor

Two main models are available for purchase:

Install Boinc and drivers

Boinc is an open-source software platform for computing using volunteered resources.

Available for:
Windows (32 and 64 bits) XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
and Mac OS X (64 bits) 10.6.0+

Connect and configure your sensor

Add this project to Boinc:

Access data of other QCN participants!

Check your sensor’s status.
Access data of other QCN volunteers.

View your sensor's data in real time

Use QCNLive to view the data of your sensor in real time


  • These sensors are less sensitive than professional seismometers and can only record local earthquakes (i.e. those felt by the population).
  • If you live in a low seismicity region, there is very little chance that your sensor will record an earthquake.
  • The sensor must always remain connected to the PC. Be aware that the sensor only provides data when the PC is on.