The activities

The EMSC gathers and disseminates rapid information on earthquakes and their effects. Information is contributed by seismological agencies in the Euro-Med region and around the world, by citizen observers providing eyewitness-observations, and also derived from analysis of twitter data. The EMSC ‘LastQuake’ app, as well as the desktop and mobile websites, are the main dissemination tools for the general public, whereas information for scientists is provided through openly accessible interfaces and web services.

The EMSC actively engages in European and international projects that support its activities and regularly presents them in scientific journals, conferences, and media appearances.

As part of EPOS and member of the EPOS Seismology Consortium, EMSC engages in the European level coordination of seismological data and product services. Wherever possible, EMSC services are integrated in the EPOS data platform.

Recognized among the world-leading scientific centres in the areas of Earth and Climate sciences, the EMSC is also a partner in ARISTOTLE, where it contributes to the emergency assessment by providing advice and operational services for disaster risk and earthquake hazard.

Projects Publications Conferences In the media Awards

Latest publications

Prebunking earthquake predictions on social media
Laure Fallou, Rémy Bossu and Jean-Marc Cheny
Front. Commun., 19 June 2024 Sec. Disaster Communications - Volume 9 (2024)
The Potential of Crowdsourced Data for the Rapid Impact Assessment of Large Earthquakes
Rémy Bossu, Maren Böse, Robert Steed, David J. Wald
Seismological Research Letters, 12 April 2024 (2024)
History and activities of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre
Rémy Bossu, Florian Haslinger, Hélène Hébert
Seismica V3, January 2024 (2024)
Landslide detection in real-time social media image streams
Ferda Ofli, Muhammad Imran, Umair Qazi, Julien Roch, Catherine Pennington, Vanessa Banks & Remy Bossu
Neural Computing and Applications, 24 May 2023 (2023)
A social bot in support of crisis communication: 10-years of @LastQuake experience on Twitter.
Rémy Bossu, Marina Corradini, Jean-Marc Cheny and Laure Fallou
Front. Commun., 23 March 2023 Sec. Disaster Communications - Volume 8 (2023)
Utilization of Crowdsourced Felt Reports to Distinguish High-Impact from Low-Impact Earthquakes Globally within Minutes of an Event
Henning Lilienkamp, Rémy Bossu, Fabrice Cotton, Francesco Finazzi, Matthieu Landès, Graeme Weatherill, Sebastian von Specht
The Seismic Record - 3 (1): 29–36 (2023)
La sismologie citoyenne, un révélateur des crises en Haïti. (Citizen Seismology, a Key Indicator of Crises in Haiti)
Corbet A, Fallou L, Calixte N., Hurbon L. et Calais E.
Études caribéennes, no 52, Le dilemme d'Haïti : d'une crise à l'autre ? (2022)
From a Seismological Network to a Socio-Seismological One: A Citizen Science Experiment in Haïti to Reduce Seismic Risk: Analysis of a "Small Box" that Can Do a Lot.
Corbet A., Fallou L., Calixte N., Hurbon L. and Calais E.
Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 8(1): 2, pp. 1–11 (2023)
Preventing and debunking earthquake misinformation: Insights into EMSC’s practices.
Laure Fallou, Marina Corradini, Rémy Bossu and Jean-Marc Cheny
Front. Commun., 22 December 2022 - Sec. Disaster Communications (2022)
Fighting misinformation in seismology: Expert opinion on earthquake facts vs. fiction .
Sarah Dryhurst, Femke Mulder, Irina Dallo, John R. Kerr, Sara K. McBride, Laure Fallou and Julia S. Becker
Front. Earth Sci., 16 December 2022 - Sec. Geoscience and Society (2022)
A Probabilistic Framework for Modeling the Detection Capability of Smartphone Networks in Earthquake Early Warning.
Finazzi, Bondár, Bossu, Steed
Seismological Research Letters (2022)
How to Fight Earthquake Misinformation: A Communication Guide.
Fallou, Marti, Dallo, Corradini
Seismological Research Letters (2022)
Coordinated and Interoperable Seismological Data and Product Services in Europe: the EPOS Thematic Core Service for Seismology.
Haslinger, Basili, Bossu, Cauzzi, Cotton, Crowley, Custodio, Danciu, Locati, Michelini, Molinari, Ottemöller, Parolai
Ann. Geophys. (2022)
Intensity-Based Sentiment and Topic Analysis. The Case of the 2020 Aegean Earthquake.
Contreras, Wilkinson, Didem Aktas, Fallou, Bossu, Landès
Front. Built Environ. (2022)
Efficacy and Usefulness of an Independent Public Earthquake Early Warning System: A Case Study - The Earthquake Network Initiative in Peru.
Fallou, Finazzi, Bossu
Seismological Research Letters (2022)
Shaking in 5 Seconds!—Performance and User Appreciation Assessment of the Earthquake Network Smartphone Based Public Earthquake Early Warning System.
Bossu, Finazzi, Steed, Fallou, Bondár
Seismological Research Letters (2021)
When Punjab Cried Wolf: How a Rumor Triggered an 'Earthquake' in India.
Martin, Bossu, Steed, Landès, Srinagesh, Srinivas, Hough
Seismological Society of America, 92(6), 3887-3898 (2021)
Evaluation of macroseismic intensity, strong ground motion pattern and fault model of the 19 July 2019 Mw5.1 earthquake west of Athens.
Kouskouna, Ganas, Kleanthi, Kassaras, Sakellariou, Sakkas, Valkaniotis, Manousou, Bozionelos, Tsironi, Karamitros, Tavoularis, Papaioannou, Bossu
J Seismol 25, 747 - 769 (2019)
Near Real-Time Earthquake Line-Source Models Derived from Felt Reports.
Böse, Julien-Laferrière, Bossu, Massin
Seismological Research Letters XX, 1 - 18 (2021)
Citizen Seismology Without Seismologists? Lessons Learned From Mayotte Leading to Improved Collaboration.
Fallou, Bossu, Landès, Roch, Roussel, Steed, Julien-Laferrière
Frontiers in Earth Science (2020)
The Power of Citizen Seismology: Science and Social Impacts.
Chen, Bossu, Liang
Frontiers in Earth Science, 547 (2020)
A socio-seismology experiment in Haiti.
Calais, Boisson, Symithe, Prépetit, Pierre, Ulyse, et al.
Frontiers in Earth Science, 426 (2020)
Rapid Public Information and Situational Awareness after the Nov. 26, 2019 Albania Earthquake: Lessons Learnt from the LastQuake System.
Bossu, Fallou, Landès, Roussel, Julien-Laferrière, Roch, Steed
Frontiers in Earth Science (2020)
Accurate Locations of Felt Earthquakes Using Crowdsource Detections.
István, Steed, Roch, Bossu, Heinloo, Saul, Strollo
Frontiers in Earth Science, vol 8, 272 (2020)
Rapid collaborative knowledge building via Twitter after significant geohazard events.
Lacassin, Devès, Hicks, Ampuero, Bossu, Bruhat, et al.
Geoscience communication, 3 (1), 129-146 (2020)
Monitoring Haiti's Quakes with Raspberry Shake.
Calais, Boisson, Symithe, Momplaisir, Prépetit, Ulysse, Philippe Etienne, et al.
Eos, 100 (2019)
Crowdsourcing triggers rapid, reliable earthquake locations.
Steed, Fuenzalida, Bossu, Bondár, Heinloo, Dupont, et al.
Science Advances, 5(4) (2019)
Truth, trust, and civic duty: Cultural factors in citizens perceptions of mobile phone apps and social media in disasters.
Appleby, Brockdorff, Fallou, Bossu
Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Oct. 2019, pp. 1-13 (2019)
Resilience for whom? The general public's tolerance levels as CI resilience criteria.
Petersen, Lundin, Fallou, Sjöström, Lange, Teixeira, Bonavita
IJCIP, 28:100340 (2020)
App Earthquake Detection and Automatic Mapping of Felt Area.
Bossu, Steed, Roussel, Landès, Fuenzalida, Matrullo, Dupont, Roch, Fallou
Seismological Research Letters, 90 (1): 305-312 (2019)
Engaging citizen seismologists worldwide.
Khan, Denton, Stevenson, Bossu
Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 59, Issue 4, August 2018, Pages 4.15-4.18 (2018)
Estimating the Ground Motion Distribution of the 2016 Mw 6.2 Amatrice, Italy, Earthquake Using Remote Infrasound Observations. (PDF)
Hernandez, Le Pichon, Vergoz, Herry, Ceranna, Pilger, Marchetti, Ripepe, Bossu
Seismological Research Letters (2018)
LastQuake: From Rapid Information to Global Seismic Risk Reduction.
Bossu, Roussel, Fallou, Landès, Steed, Mazet-Roux, et al.
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (2018)
Felt Reports for Rapid Mapping of Global Earthquake Damage: The Doughnut Effect?
Bossu, Landès, Roussel, Steed
Seismological Research Letters, 89(1), 138-144 (2018)
LastQuake, un système d'information multicanal pour la réduction du risque sismique global.
Bossu, Roussel, Fallou, Landès, Steed, Mazet-Roux, et al.
Proceedings of IMDR 2018, Reims (2018)
Towards A Unified Near-Field Intensity Map of the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal, Earthquake.
Adhikari, Baysal, Dixit, Martin, Landes, Bossu, Hough
Earthquake Spectra, 33 (S1), p S21-S34 (2017)
Thumbnail based questionnaires for the rapid and efficient collection of macroseismic data from global earthquakes.
Bossu, Landès, Roussel, Hough
SRL, 88 (1) (2017)
A comparison of observed and predicted ground motions from the 2015 MW7. 8 Gorkha, Nepal, earthquake.
Hough, Martin, Gahalaut, Joshi, Landes, Bossu
Natural Hazards, 1-24. (2016)
Automatic Clustering of Macroseismic Intensity Data Points from Internet Questionnaires: Efficiency of the Partitioning around Medoids (PAM).
Amorese, Bossu, Mazet-Roux
Seismological Research Letters, 86, 1171-1177 (2015)
The importance of smartphones as public earthquake-information tools and tools for the rapid engagement with Eyewitnesses: A case study of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake sequence.
Bossu, Laurin, Mazet-Roux, Roussel, Steed
Seismological Research Letters, 86(6), 1587-1592 (2015)
Characterization of the 2011 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake Effects and Epicenter from Website Traffic Analysis.
Bossu, Lefebvre, Cansi, Mazet Roux
Seismological Research Letter (2014)
Improving the Mediterranean seismicity picture thanks to international collaborations.
Godéy, Bossu, Guilbert
in press in JPCE (2013)
An operational authoritative location scheme.
Bossu, Mazet-Roux
New Manual of Seismological Observatory Practice (NMSOP-2), FNEP, Bormann, P. Editor (2012)
Flash sourcing, or rapid detection and characterization of earthquake effects through website traffic analysis.
Bossu, Gilles, Mazet-Roux, Roussel, Frobert, Kamb
Annals of Geophysics 54, 6 (2011)
On the use of the Internet to collect earthquake information.
Bossu, Earl
Annals of Geophysics 54, 6 (2011)
Real-time earthquake monitoring for tsunami warning in the Indian Ocean and beyond.
Hanka, Saul, Weber, Becker, Harjadi, Rudloff, Bossu, Ottemöller, Clinton
Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences, 10(12) (2010)
Citizen Seismology: How to Involve the Public in Earthquake Response.
Bossu, Gilles, Mazet-Roux, Roussel
Comparative Emergency Management, Examining Global and Regional Responsoses to Disasters p. 237-259 (2011)
Ten years of seismicity in the Euro-Mediterranean region: Panorama of the EMSC bulletin 1998-2007. (PDF)
Godéy, Mazet-Roux, Bossu, Merrer, Guilbert
Internet Users as Seismic Sensors for Improved Earthquake Response.
Bossu, Mazet-Roux, Douet, Rives, Marin, Aupetit
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, Volume 89, Issue 25, page 225-226, (2008)
Networking Research Infrastructures for Earthquake Seismology in Europe.
Giardini, Van Eck, Bossu, Wiemer
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, Volume 89, Issue 24, page 219 (2008)
Web hits used to pinpoint earthquakes - Highlight on the earthquake detection technic used by the EMSC.
New Scientist (2008)
The Euro-Mediterranean Bulletin: A Comprehensive Seismological Bulletin at Regional Scale. (PDF)
Godéy, Bossu, Guilbert, Mazet-Roux, 2006
Seismological Research Letters - vol. 77, number 4 July/August 2006 (2006)