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  Seismometer stations like this one in Muleshoe will feed a statewide full-time   monitoring and data-collection network. Photo courtesy of

The Governor of Texas has signed legislation authorizing funding of $4.47 million for the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program. The initiative is led by the Bureau of Economic Geology, which also serves as the State Geologic Survey of Texas. The collaborative effort will place seismometers throughout the state, enhancing the ability of researchers to gather information about subsurface seismic activity. “We’re very grateful to Governor Abbott and the state legislature for providing the tools to gather new data and produce unbiased research that will help guide decision-makers as they contemplate future policy regarding these events,” said Dr. Scott W. Tinker, State Geologist of Texas and Director of the Bureau.

TexNet will create a continuously operating, statewide seismic monitoring and data collection network capable of detecting and locating earthquakes with magnitudes of 2.0 and greater. It will also improve scientists’ ability to rapidly investigate earthquake sequences in Texas—particularly earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 3.0 — through the deployment of temporary seismic monitoring stations for site-specific assessments. TexNet will advance the understanding of both natural and induced earthquakes, including those in or near urban areas or in locations where human activities may be inducing earthquake activity. Data from TexNet will also augment a worldwide integrated seismic network with partners from industry, academia, and state and federal agencies. Results will be shared broadly with the public and will improve regional hazard analysis and communication.
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