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Welcome to AusPass: the Australian Passive Seismic Server

@ Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU


In collaboration with Geoscience Australia we are now mirroring their earthquake catalog via FDSNWS! This is the same data available here Earthquakes@GA (but only updated on 1st of the month). Earthquakes can now be searched, filtered, and saved as Text/CSV/QuakeML via our builder or your own curl, wget or python script!

We are currently planning an ANSIR users workshop! The ANSIR facility would like to gauge interest in a workshop to determine how we can facilitate the future needs of our seismology research community. For information about what is currently available see the ANSIR webpage. Get in touch directly with Dr. Michelle Salmon, or via email, or contact us here.
AusPass is a service dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of passive seismological data in Australia and its periphery. Extensive fieldwork projects are conducted across the country, typically organized in distinct seismic arrays (i.e. groups of seismic stations). The data from the following arrays, listed in the AusPass metadata archive, are now available online. New data as well as archival data are perpetually being added so be sure to check back regularly.

Browse our Networks

  • Download our full station/network inventory as a Google KML File
  • 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).

    notes, updates, changes, and eratta
    CodeNameStations StartEndTypeAccessDOI / FDSN linkLink
    S1AUSIS492011-09-01ongoingpermanentopen10.7914/SN/S1Here
    3FMACQUARIE RIDGE152020-10-162021-11-26temporaryclosed10.7914/SN/3F_2020
    6KAUSARRAY SA382020-10-142022-XX-XXtemporaryclosed10.7914/SN/6K_2020
    2PSWAN272020-08-132022-XX-XXtemporaryclosed10.7914/SN/2P_2020
    3OAKIMBA 1982019-05-092022-XX-XXtemporaryclosed10.7914/SN/3O_2019
    5GLAKE EYRE BASIN402018-10-162022-XX-XXtemporaryclosed10.7914/SN/5G_2018
    3GMARLA LINE662018-04-212019-08-04temporaryopen10.7914/SN/3G_2018
    5JASR122017-04-232019-02-28temporaryopen10.7914/SN/5J_2018
    YSBANDA112016-11-212019-08-20temporaryopen10.7914/SN/YS_2014
    8MMULGA52016-06-062016-09-19temporaryclosed10.7914/SN/8M_2016
    1QAQT872015-11-282017-10-24temporaryopen10.7914/SN/1Q_2016Here
    6CWA SPIRAL162015-02-152016-01-03temporaryclosed10.7914/SN/6C_2015
    8KCOPA-HPS292014-10-122015-10-16temporaryopen10.7914/SN/8K_2014
    4JAQ3522014-05-202016-02-09temporaryopen10.7914/SN/4J_2014
    7MCOPA802014-02-242018-09-04temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7M_2014
    1ESQLD SPIRAL162013-11-122014-11-13temporaryopen10.7914/SN/1E_2013
    1KALFREX702013-11-062015-09-14temporaryopen10.7914/SN/1K_2013
    3MAustralia-Indonesia TectObs2182013-10-082016-05-13temporaryopen10.7914/SN/3M_2013
    8JSQEAL982012-11-192014-10-12temporaryopen10.7914/SN/8J_2012Here
    1PBASS242011-05-222012-12-31temporaryopen10.7914/SN/1P_2011Here
    7LEAL3442011-11-092013-07-07temporaryopenDOI TBAHere
    1HEAL2522010-05-102011-03-22temporaryopenDOI TBAHere
    4HEAL1442009-06-022010-02-26temporaryopenDOI TBAHere
    ZRMINQ532009-06-162011-04-01temporaryopen10.7914/SN/ZR_2009Here
    1FCURNAMONA342009-03-242009-11-05temporaryopen10.7914/SN/1F_2009Here
    6FBILBY 252008-08-272011-05-24temporaryopen10.7914/SN/6F_2008Here
    1GGAWLER352008-07-012009-04-03temporaryopen10.7914/SN/1G_2008Here
    7KSOC212007-02-142008-08-14temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7K_2007Here
    7JCAPRAL252005-10-202007-05-30temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7J_2005Here
    7USEAL3572007-11-142009-02-14temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7U_2007Here
    7TSEAL2312007-02-112007-11-19temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7T_2007Here
    7SSETA412006-10-022007-08-26temporaryopenDOI TBA
    7REVA502005-07-192006-05-23temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7R_2005
    7QSEAL202004-11-032005-04-09temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7Q_2004Here
    7ITASMAL242003-05-012005-11-17temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7I_2003
    7GWA CRATON252000-07-112001-07-13temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7G_2000Here
    7PTIGGER SP652002-03-102002-07-22temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7P_2002
    7HTIGGER BB172001-10-032002-08-17temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7H_2002
    7OMALT AF00402000-01-162000-07-08temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7O_2000
    7NMALT MB99401999-03-141999-07-25temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7N_1999
    7FQUOLL191999-03-041999-11-01temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7F_1999
    7MMALT LF98401998-05-041998-09-23temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7M_1998
    7EKIMBA9861998-05-221998-07-25temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7E_1998Here
    7DKIMBA9771997-07-211997-10-14temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7D_1997Here
    7BSKIPPY371993-05-031995-08-10temporaryopen10.7914/SN/7B_1993Here

    Historical Australian Earthquakes

    Earthquakes in Australia


    Although Australia is not on a plate boundary, earthquakes can occur due to stress built up from the motions of tectonic plates nearby. The plot on the right shows earthquakes with a magnitude > 3 since 1955, an average of about 80 per year! 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
    • Woods Point, VIC (Magnitude 5.9) : 2021

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