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The Earthquake Unit (EQU) is a Research Unit of the Department of Geology and Geography in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. The Unit is funded directly by the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Transport and Mining. The EQU serves as Jamaica's hub for earthquake monitoring and research. The central Recording station at The University of The West Indies, Mona operates the Jamaica Seismograph Network (JSN), the Jamaica Strong Motion Network (JSMN) and a Global Positioning System network, which together measure a range of crustal movements - weak and strong coseismic displacements to very small aseismic strains. Throughout our operations we promote the use of solar energy.




Mission Statement

Through operating the Jamaica Seismograph Network and affiliating with other Caribbean and Regional networks, the Earthquake Unit seeks to understand earthquake processes in and around Jamaica and advise the society about earthquake hazard, thereby encouraging community awareness and the application of mitigative strategies to development.


Roles and Responsibilities


  • -|- Operate and manage the Jamaica Seismograph Network (JSN) which consists of thirteen (13) stations and forty two (42) accelerographs.
  • -|- Maintain a database of all earthquakes recorded by the JSN.
  • -|- Inform the public about earthquakes felt in Jamaica.
  • -|- Collect information about earthquakes felt in Jamaica.
  • -|- Conduct research on the seismicity, seismic hazard, current tectonic activity, site response and vibration analysis.
  • -|- Serve as Jamaica's National Data Centre for the Comprehensive (Nuclear) Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) International Data Centre.


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