End of my geophone network in December 2012

It is not easy for me to make this decision. But I have dedicated to end my geophone network as it is today in December 2012. The reason is cost of running it. I just can’t afford it. I am also dealing with cost of hardware, maintaining that hardware and so on. That is just how it is. Dealing with technical problems is also a factor in this. Computers die, hardware needs to be replaced after certain amounts of years. This all costs me money. Technical assistance by the people who are hosting the geophone hardware also costs time for them. It also costs money for them in electricity cost (not a lot. But something as all the hardware uses electricity).

While it is great being able to track earthquake activity in real time (5 min delay on my web page). I just cannot afford it. I am also not going to move back to Iceland. So that makes maintaining my geophone network today even harder. So in December 2012 this is going to be all over. All my geophone network stations are going to go offline and that is going to be end of that. I am going to keep the hardware for later use somewhere else. Where and when that might be is unknown at the moment.

I want to thank everyone how did support my effort in building my network as it is today (buying Skeiðflöt and Eyrarbakki geophone stations). Sadly I can no longer maintain the geophone network as explained above. But that is just how it has to be.

Following geophone stations go offline in December 2012


Following geophone stations are going to remain online

Bov, Denmark (but the web page is going to move soon to a new server)

Future network

While the current geophone network is coming to an end. It does not mean that I am going to quit my plans so easy. I plan on building a new network of seismometers (proper ones) in Iceland when I can afford it. When that might happen I do not know. But I am going to build it in a SIL style. The seismometers are also going to be located far from any human traffic so I won’t have any noise from that or any other cultural noise source (at least, keep it at minimal). I am also going to hire people and create a company around this to take care of the hardware and process the earthquake data gathered.

I am going to build seismometers network in the following place when I can afford it (this means. When I am rich).

Canary Islands (maybe. Not sure yet.)
Falkland Islands (Details pending)

The new network is going to be a proper network. It is also going to be in places that Iceland Meteorological Office has no SIL stations at the moment. But this is going to take a while until it happens. So all that people can do is to wait until I am ready to do this. It is going to take a few years at least.

4 Replies to “End of my geophone network in December 2012”

  1. Sad to hear Jon. Your network is great! But I understand the difficulties with you living in Denmark.

    1. I also cannot afford to maintain the hardware in the PC if something breaks down or fails. But that is going to happen in the end. Since I currently have money problems and that is going to continue to for few more months now.

      But as I say. This is not the end of it. My new seismometer network is going to be better then the SIL network that Icelandic Meteorological Office has. But I am going to need serious money for that in the long run. So it is going to take few years until this happens and it set-up.

      1. i am interested, in what way will your seismometer network be better than the SIL of Ice Met.?
        Is there new equipment? new setup?
        Are you going to sell the old seismometers?

      2. I am going to build a new network from ground up. When that happens I do not know. That network is going to be located far from populated areas (as can be done).

        Currently my geophones are located inside people homes. That means I am picking up noise, washing machines and so on up on regular basic. A noise that I would rater be free of.

        Then there is also maintenance of my current geophone network. I simply just cannot afford it at the moment if something breaks down for some reason (power failure for instance). I just do not have the money for repairs at the moment (new computer or other hardware).

        No. I am not going to sell my old geophones. They might be useful to me at later date. If I need to deploy them for a short time period somewhere for instance.

        All things come to an end. Sadly. But that is just how it is going to be for now.

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