Saint Louis University Earthquake CenterWelcome to the Earthquake Center web page. Clicking on the list of items to the left will take you to web pages on those topics.
Saint Louis University has a long history of monitoring earthquakes and using the science of seismology to study earthquakes and the Earth. The first seismograph was installed in 1909 and its recordings have been preserved in our archive of seismograms. The scientific study of earthquakes really was initiated by Fr. James B. Macelwane, SJ, who founded the first university department of geophysics in the western Hemisphere in 1925. Today's Saint Louis University Earthquake Center continues a century long tradition of monitoring earthquakes, promoting science and public safety.