100 Years of Swiss Seismological Service

100 Years of Swiss Seismological Service

In 1914, the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) became the official federal agency for earthquake monitoring. Hence, 100 years ago, the Swiss Confederation transformed the previously voluntary activity of earthquake monitoring into an institution that is still attached to ETH Zurich today.


Various seismological events recorded by devices of the SED.
(c) SED

Earthquakes are the natural hazard with a very high damage potential. Therefore, it is an important task for the SED in cooperation with the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich to engage in research on the highest international level and contributing to extending knowledge about quakes. In-depth knowledge is essential in order to improve protection against the earthquake impacts on various levels.

The SED not only monitors the seismic activity in Switzerland but is also conducting research and lectures. Further, the SED offers extensive services such as in the context of seismic monitoring of industrial projects such as geothermal drilling. In addition, the SED also actively takes part in national tasks related to the monitoring of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

We congratulate the Swiss Seismological Service for the detection of 13’100 quakes during the past 100 years and will continue following reports and findings with great interest in the future.

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