In 2014, the UseIT challenge was focused on delivering earthquake information to the Earthquake Country Alliance, a new statewide organization (originally established by SCEC) which has the responsibility of coordinating the now-yearly "Great California ShakeOut". Videos and animations were developed and adapted to the specific needs of the ECA regional chapters. To ensure that such materials could be made readily available to the public, the UseIT interns developed new web-based capabilities using an open-source content management system (Drupal), which can be flexibly configured and adapted to video-streaming and other multimedia management, as well as social networking and virtual collaboration.

Challenge Statement

Develop SCEC-VDO and GIS tools for exploring and evaluating the aftershock hazards implied by the new Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3). Guide these evaluations using M7 rupture scenarios developed for the 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Intern Class of 2014


Project Teams

  Development Team

Task: Further develop SCEC-VDO to allow exploration and evaluation of aftershock hazards implied by the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast Version 3 (UCERF 3)

Team: Brandon Green, Mark Krant, Francisco Raygoza, Greg Berger, Alicia Sellsted, Ernsest Scapini, Paulo Dos Santos

Mentors: Scott CallaghanKevin Milner


  Analysis Team

Task: Analyze 18 earthquake scenarios with similar magnitudes to the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and explore the potential risks of substantial, typical, and minor aftershock sequences

Team: Sheila Bart, Georgina Campos, Rachel Hausmann, Thanh-Nhan Le, Elena Pierce, Krystel Rios

Mentors: Kevin Milner, Scott Callaghan, Hope Seligson


  Visualization Team

Task: Create visualizations of seismic events similar to the Loma Prieta earthquake and demonstrate the capabilities of aftershock sequences of these events for the community

Team: Paulo Dos Santos, Jacquelyn Felix, Krista McPherson, Ryan Meier, Rory Norman

Mentors: Kevin Milner, Scott Callaghan


  Media Team

Task: Document the USEIT interns experience in the summer

Team: Michael Francisco, Michael Gonzalez, Michael Matchen, LaTerrian Officer-McIntosh, Sarah Vargas O'Connell

Mentors: Jason Ballmann, Mark Romano