THE ADVANCED NATIONAL SEISMIC SYSTEM IN IDAHO: A RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS
There are 11 institutions that operate seismometers or calculate earthquake locations within Idaho . However, no single organization covers the entire state at a magnitude level less than 3.5 or with high-precision locations. The Advanced National Seismic System ANSS, a program of the USGS, has provided an opportunity for Idaho to establish a statewide virtual network to collect seismic data and interpret seismic information from multiple sources, and report on those interpretations. Since such capability is vital to the physical and economic well-being of Idaho, the state's emergency management organization, the Bureau of Disaster Services, has proposed a vision for implementing ANSS in the state through the cooperation of the many institutions that maintain seismographs in or near the state. The Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) is designated by statute as the lead agency for the collection and dissemination of geologic data and has offices in Moscow at the University of Idaho, in Boise at Boise State University, and in Pocatello at Idaho State University. Seismic information on the local geological environment for teachers and students is available via the IGS website, which also provides near real-time seismograph traces from many networks in and around the state.