Thank you for visiting the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) web site. Please note that we collect no personal information about you when you visit our web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.

If you are simply visiting the SCEC home page to browse through our site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;

  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;

  3. The date and time you access our site;

  4. The pages you visit; and

  5. If you linked to the SCEC site from another web site, the address of that web site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

If you request information or services from SCEC and submit personal information to facilitate response to your request, we use the information provided to respond to your message. We will not share the information you give us with others. unless your inquiry relates to them, or as otherwise provided by law. We do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or collect information for commercial marketing.

If you conduct business with SCEC electronically, any information voluntarily submitted as part of that process will be used and protected as explained for the specific function involved.

Policy only pertains to pages beginning with "", " (", or " (". (for example, not or or which are maintained by others)

Google Analytics is used to help us trac visitors to this website ( SCEC uses this information to observe how earthquake-related news reports, conferences, and other events effect site traffic, ensure adequate capacity to meet current and future site demand, determine the effectiveness of advocacy efforts and much more. For more information about Google Analytics please visit:


SCEC is in the process of modifying it's webservice to ensure that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by SCEC is accessible to people with disabilities, including both employees and the customers we serve.

If you cannot fully access the information on a particular page or have questions or comments, please email for assistance. This may include providing the information to you in an alternate format.

Policy only pertains to pages beginning with "" or "". (for example, not or or which are maintained by others)