Earthquake technology fights crime

Fact Sheet 096-96
Prepared in cooperation with the Police Department, Menlo Park, California, the Police Department, Redwood City, California, SRI International, and Trilon Technology
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Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have adapted their methods for quickly finding the exact source of an earthquake to the problem of locating gunshots. On the basis of this work, a private company is now testing an automated gunshot-locating system in a San Francisco Bay area community. This system allows police to rapidly pinpoint and respond to illegal gunfire, helping to reduce crime in our neighborhoods.

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Lahr, J.C., Ward, P.L., Stauffer, P.H., and Hendley, J.W., II, 1996, Earthquake technology fights crime: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 096–96, 2 p. (Available at

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Earthquake technology fights crime
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 096-96
DOI 10.3133/fs09696
Year Published 1996
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description 2 p.
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