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June 5, 2012 - Today's adventure was to visit the Southern California Earthquake Data Center located within the campus of  the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena.  Its primary mission is to distribute data recorded or processed by the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN).  We had a chance to walk around this beautiful campus before our tour began.

This is the exhibit area of Seismology Lab.

Our tour leader informed us that a moving stylus on a roll of paper is a thing of the past in the earthquake monitoring business.  All earthquake events are now recorded digitally.  These monitors are tracking all of the seismic events in Southern California.

This is their media center.  Our tour included some unbelievable video of the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

Their operations center is separated from the media center by a wall of glass.  During an earthquake event, the scientists are here and the reporters are watching them from the media center.

After the tour, we walked through more of the campus and saw the building where Einstein lived during his residence here.

Afterwards, we had paninis for lunch at Porta Via.

Even though we didn't need it, we had to stop at the Donut Man in Glendora to try one of their famous strawberry donuts.  It was as good as it looks.


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