an educational site for budding seismologists

Record, measure, study, and share. Understanding earthquakes—about 55 are recorded every day around the world—helps us understand our planet. Upper Peninsula of Michigan Seismology (UPSeis, pronounced “up-size”) teaches people of all ages about earthquakes, earthquake magnitudes, and seismic waves. We also work with area schools to help students track seismic data on their own.

Stay calm and take these actions.
Check the magnitude scale.
Learn on your own.
Learn about our educational services.
UPSeis is an educational source for news.
Watch live data from school stations.
  • 25+
    years UPSeis has worked with students and teachers
  • 4
    seismology related undergraduate degrees at Michigan Tech
  • $3M
    department research expenditures including seismology
  • 20,000
    earthquakes located around the world each year (USGS)
  • 16
    major earthquakes expected in a given year (USGS)
"Earth scientists in general think a lot about processes. We don’t think of the Earth as a static body."Greg Waite, Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences