MyShake - Crowdsourcing global smartphone seismic network

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 17:30
TH 331
Qingkai Kong

MyShake is a crowdsourcing project that harnesses the sensors inside your smartphones to detect earthquakes. The goal of this project is to turn everyone’s smartphone into a portable seismometer to monitor the earthquakes globally. For the first part of the talk, I will discuss the motivations behind the project and the steps we took to address the key challenges to build the network. With a global release of the application on Feb 2016, we got more than 290,000 downloads and built a global network across 6 continents within a short time. Until Aug 12th 2018, MyShake network has recorded more than 900 earthquakes globally ranging from M2.5 to M7.8. Furthermore, the real-time data and waveform data collected from the network have great potential applications both in Earth science and data science. We are currently in the process of exploring this new dataset with various applications. For more information about MyShake, please check our website:


Qingkai Kong is an assistant data science researcher at Berkeley Seismology Lab and the Division of Data Sciences. He is actively working between Earth science and data science, and applying data science tools/techniques in Earth science to extract new knowledge from it. He is also actively involve in teaching Python and machine learning to various audiences. For more information about Qingkai, please visit his website at