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Welcome to AusPass: the Australian Passive Seismic Server

Notice: The AuSIS (Australian Seismometers in Schools) data are now referenced with the network code S1 and the doi: 10.7914/SN/S1.
As part of the Seismographs In Schools project (SIS), AuSIS was previously referenced with the network code S. During a transition period, you will continue to be able to access AuSIS data with this code via IRIS. We encourage all users to update their settings as soon as possible to allow for this change.
More information can be found on our network page and on the AuSIS website.
notes, updates, changes, and eratta AusPass data map

AusPass is a service dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of passive seismological data in Australia. Extensive fieldwork projects are conducted across the country, organized in seismic arrays (i.e. groups of seismic stations). The data from the following arrays, listed in the AusPass metadata archive, are now available online.

  • AUSIS: Nationwide Australian Seismometers in Schools permanent array since 2011
  • SKIPPY: nationwide array 1993-1996 named after the famous bush kangaroo designed to image the Earth's interior
  • KIMBA: ongoing arrays deployed in 1997,1998, and 2019 in the Kimberley Region
  • *EAL: Eastern Australia Linkage arrays (EAL,SEAL,SQEAL,AQ3) as part of the WOMBAT rolling array 2004-2014
  • SOC: arrays deployed in 2007-2008 in South Australia
  • BILBY: North-South array 2008-2011 across central Australia
  • WA CRATON: arrays deployed in 2000-2001 across West Australian cratons
  • CAPRAL: arrays deployed in 2005-2007 in Western Australia
  • GAWLER: arrays deployed in 2008-2009 across the Gawler craton in South Australia
  • MINQ: Mt. Isa Northern Queensland array 2009-2011
  • BASS: arrays deployed in 2011-2013 from Southern Victoria to Northern Tasmania to image the crust and lithosphere beneath the Bass strait
  • CURNAMONA: array deployed from April-November 2009 in South Australia across the Curnamona craton and the Adelaide Rift Complex
  • AQT: large array deployed 2015-2017 in western Queensland
  • ASR: array deployed in 2017-2019 to infill areas of South Australia which have yet to have any seismic imaging done
  • MARLA: high density seismic line deployed in 2018-2019 across central Australia
  • INDONESIA: ANU seismic deploys in Indonesia (More coming soon)

Access data

Additional seismic data (black stars) collected in Australia (ALFREX, QUOLL, TIGGER, to name a few) and abroad (Indonesia, OBS) are forthcoming. Our primary goal is the collection, archiving, and quality control of network waveform and metadata, which unfortunately means that sometimes the secondary pages on the website are out of date, so we thank you for your patience. Any feedback (bugs, wishlist, etc) is highly appreciated.

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AusPass metadata archive

Our metadata archive provides location, hardware information, AND response information (via FDSN) for all seismic arrays currently distributed by AusPass. Time periods are indicated for each array to facilitate your search of data for a particular event (earthquake, explosion, etc.). If you are already using AusPass, the DOI numbers given here are the appropriate references to cite (one for each array), but if none are available (yet) a reference to our webpage may be apropriate. The links listed here (sometimes!) give a description of each seismic array including a map of stations. Alternatively a upt-to-date Google KML file for all networks can be downloaded HERE. The complete up-to-date AusPass metadata can be accessed with the WebDC3 graphical explorer or with a standard FDSN request. (visit our metadata help page).

CodeNameStations StartEndTypeAccessDOILink
6KAUSARRAY SA382020-10-142022-XX-XXtemporaryclosed10.7914/SN/6K_2020TBA
3OAKIMBA 1982019-05-092022-XX-XXtemporaryclosed10.7914/SN/3O_2019TBA
5GLAKE EYRE BASIN402018-10-162022-XX-XXtemporaryclosed10.7914/SN/5G_2018TBA
3GMARLA LINE662018-04-212019-08-04temporaryopen10.7914/SN/3G_2018Here
6CWA SPIRAL162015-02-152016-01-03temporaryopen10.7914/SN/6C_2015Here
1ESQLD SPIRAL162013-11-122014-11-13temporaryopen10.7914/SN/1E_2013Here
XUJAKARTA EXP2182013-10-082016-05-13temporaryTBATBAHere
6FBILBY 252008-08-272011-05-24temporaryopen10.7914/SN/6F_2008Here
7GWA CRATON252000-07-112001-07-13temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7G_2000Here
7PTIGGER SP652002-03-102002-07-22temporaryopenTBAHere
7HTIGGER BB172001-10-032002-08-17temporaryopenTBAHere

Browse our networks in Google Earth

(kml file, updated nightly)

New! Map browse (beta!)

Historical Australian Earthquakes

Earthquakes in Australia

Although Australia is not on a plate boundary, earthquakes occur due to sresses built up from the motions of tectonic plates around Australia. On average, there are about 80 earthquakes a year in Australia with a magnitude greater than or eqaul to 3. The plot on the right shows earthquakes bigger than magnitude 3 occuring in Australia since 1955. Historically, the largest Australian earthquakes were recorded at:

  • Tennant Creek, NT (Magnitude 6.6, 6.3 and 6.2) : 1988
  • Meckering, WA (Magnitude 6.5) : 1968
  • Simpson Desert, NT (Magnitude 6.4): 1941
  • Meeberrie, WA (Magnitude 6.3) : 1941
  • Collier Bay, WA (Magnitude 6.3) : 1997
  • Cadoux, WA (Magnitude 6.1) : 1979
  • Petermann Ranges, NT (Magnitude 6.1) : 2016
  • West of Lake Mackay, WA (Magnitude 6) : 1970

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