Crete’s earthquake detected at STM

If you’ve ever wondered what the device is in the glass case in reception, it is our Science department Seismometer (or Earthquake detector).  Seismometers are “instruments that measure motion of the ground, including those of seismic waves generated by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other seismic sources. Records of seismic waves allow seismologists to map the interior of the Earth, and locate and measure the size of these different sources.” (Wikipedia)

Early on Monday morning (27th September 2021), the Seismometer sprung into action, picking up this trace from the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit the Greek island of Crete.  The Seismometer is able to detect slight movements from earthquakes that happen all across the world: