Field crew in Oodnadata Seismic tomography Bilby under the rainbow

Welcome to AusPass: the Australian Passive Seismic Server

The BILBY seismic array

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 are now available in AusPass:

  • BILBY: North-South array across central Australia
  • AUSIS: Australian Seismometers in Schools (nationwide)
  • SKIPPY: nationwide array named after the famous bush kangaroo and designed to image the Earth's structure in 3D beneath Australia
  • KIMBA: pair of arrays deployed in 1997 and 1998 in the Kimberley Region
  • SOC: arrays deployed in 2007 and 2008 in South Australia
  • WACRATON: arrays deployed in 2000 - 2001 across West Australian cratons
  • CAPRAL: arrays deployed in 2005 - 2007 in Western Australia
  • BASS: arrays deployed in 2011 - 2013 from Southern Victoria to Northern Tasmania to image the crust and lithosphere beneath the Bass strait

Access data

Additional seismic data (black stars) collected in Australia (ASR, TIGGER, TASMAL and many other arrays) and abroad (Croatia, Turkey and Indonesia) will soon be added in AusPass. AusPass is under construction. Your feedback is highly appreciated and will help us to improve our service.

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AusPass metadata archive

Our metadata archive provides the list of 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). The links listed here give a description of each seismic array including a map of stations.

Note: The AuSIS network is part of the seismographs in schools (SIS) program. AuSIS is now referenced with the network code S1 and the doi: 10.7914/SN/S1. We are currently updating our systems to account for this change. More information can be found on our network page and on the AuSIS website.

CodeNameStations StartEndTypeAccessDOILink

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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