California Scientist of the Year 1993
TO PAST WINNERS
California Institute of Technology
Geological and Planetary Sciences
research interest: Seismology (earthquake
Kanamori is one of the world's best earthquake
scientists. Through his research, Dr. Kanamori
has explored the way faults move and has led
to a more exact measurement of earthquake size.
When Dr. Kanamori was nominated for the California
Scientist of the Year award in the early 1990s,
he was most known for developing TERRAscope,
a network of seismometers that measures ground
motion and earthquakes all over Southern California.
TERRAscope helps to determine how much damage
earthquakes cause, and can even reveal patterns
in the way the ground moves during an earthquake.
By understanding more about how earthquakes
move the ground, we can learn how to prepare
for them. Dr. Kanamori also led the development
of the Caltech/USGS Broadcast of Earthquakes
project (CUBE), which broadcasts earthquake
information almost immediately after an earthquake
Kanamori's research continues to have an effect
on earthquake science, especially in California.
In the past several years, the TERRAscope network
has been incorporated into a larger earthquake
monitoring network called TriNet. TriNet collects
even more information about earthquakes in Southern
California and also advises emergency management
groups and the government about the best places
to deploy emergency equipment and supplies after
a damaging earthquake. To check up on the latest
TriNet reports, please visit http://www.trinet.org/shake.
Kanamori's site features more specific details
on his work, including references to many articles
he has published. For more information on earthquakes,
including the latest research, visit the CalTech
Seismological Laboratory Web site.