Edward Pigot Seismic Observatory (EPSO), Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia

The EPSO seismic sensors are located in the Timor Valley, 5km west of Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia.  Click on images below for full sized seismograms.  Weather: @EPSO | Synoptic | BOM Radar | Satellite | BOM Forecast | Elders | RFS Hazard | Sentinal Hot Spots | lightningmaps.org |

Axis Long-period sensors Short-period sensors

EPSO Volksmeter Sensor - North-South - Velocity EPSO S-6000 Geophone - North-South - Velocity


EPSO Volksmeter Sensor - East West - Velocity
EPSO S-6000 Geophone - East-West - Velocity


EPSO S-6000 Geophone - Vertical - Velocity


EPSO Array





Last 7 days of EPSO observations
(long-period horizontal)
(short-period triaxial)
(short-period vertical)
(broadband vertical)
EPSO Array
(3-elements, vertical)

EPSO's Volksmeter sensor records long-period horizontal motions whereas the EPSO geophones record short-period horizontal and vertical ground motions.  The Volksmeter is more sensitive to teleseismic (i.e. distant) events, such as those from Indonesia and the Pacific, whereas the geophones generally detect relatively local events within NSW, such as Hunter Valley mine explosions.  The Volksmeter measures calibrated North-South and East-West components of ground motion, whereas the geophones measure North-South, East-West and Vertical motions.

Another private seismic station is located at Swansea, Central Coast, NSW (SWAN), 305km southeast of EPSO.  Comparison between Coonabarabran and Swansea provides a good cross check that a EPSO detected event is 'real', and not due to some local instrument disturbance.  The US Geological Survey (USGS) coordinate and process data from a global network of seismographs, and these data are transmitted in real time to the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory, New Mexico.  Within minutes of a seismic event occurring anywhere in the world, notifications are broadcast via the superb USGS Earthquake Notification Service.  Some usefully nearby on-line USGS-network stations are located at:

Station Identifier
Distance and bearing from EPSO
P-wave travel time from EPSO
CTAO Charters Towers, Qld, Australia 1277km @ 345.9 2:46
SNZO South Karori, New Zealand 2530km @ 123.3 4:58
NWAO Narrogin, WA, Australia 3008km @ 257.9 5:43
MBWA Marble Bar, WA, Australia 3137km @ 283.8 5:54
Swansea, NSW, Australia
305km @ 132.4 48s

The following table presents seismograms from the above stations compared with observations from EPSO, along with observations from the private station at Swansea, NSW .  Click on the images below for full sized seismograms.

MBWA - Marble Bar (3137km WNW of EPSO) EPSO (N-S  Axis) - Coonabarabran, NSW CTAO - Charters Towers (1277km NNE of EPSO)

NWAO - Narrogin (3008km W of EPSO) EPSO (E-W  Axis) - Coonabarabran, NSW SWAN - Swansea, NSW - (305km SE of EPSO)

EPSO (Z  Axis, Willmore) - Coonabarabran, NSW EPSO (Z  Axis, BB-13) - Coonabarabran, NSW SNZO - South Karori (2530km SE of EPSO)

See something on the traces?  Check them against latest observations from:-

Geoscience Australia - List All earthquakes, from anywhere, detected by Geoscience Australia-  may take 1-3 days for details to be posted.
IRIS - Seismic Monitor - Map, World   An eye catching world map showing current earthquake events.
EPSO records of hydro-acoustic T-phase events
EPSO records of a North Korean nuclear test
EPSO current microseismic noise
Major NSW Mines

Other useful links:
International Registry of Seismograph Stations - a list of all the world's seismic observatories.
AEES - The Australian Earthquake Engineering Society
NZSEE - The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering
   Google Earth/kml files:
   International Registry of Seismograph Stations - whereabouts of all the world's seismic observatories.
   Australian Atlas of Operating Mines
EPSO Geomagnetic Observations
EPSO All-sky camera (nighttime operation only)
          Interested in receiving prompt email notifications of recent events?  The USGS have an excellent and fast Earthquake Notification Service, which users may customise to monitor a specific geographic region.  Generally within an hour of an event occurring anywhere within the world, a detailed email report will be transmitted to a registered user.  A truly wonderful service, and gratis.

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