Become a ShakeAlert Partner

Partners: End Users and Product Developers

The USGS is actively seeking partners to use the ShakeAlert System’s alerts. We encourage both organizations to implement alerting for their own use (end users) and companies to develop commercial products and services for clients (product developers).

If your organization wants to begin using ShakeAlert, please contact your local ShakeAlert Regional Coordinator to learn more about the benefits of ShakeAlert and discuss your project.

Partners: Beta Users

Become a Beta User if your organization wants to understand how the ShakeAlert System works and the products it produces in order to evaluate if you want to become an end user or product developer. Beta Users take no actions based on ShakeAlert information.

Contact a ShakeAlert Partnerships Regional Coordinator


Bill Steele –
Mouse Reusch –


Leland O’Driscoll –
Lucy Walsh –


Jennifer Strauss (Northern California) –
Margaret Vinci (Southern California) –

U.S. Geological Survey

Robert de Groot (All Regions) –


  • ShakeAlert uses should meet the following criteria:
    • Alerts and actions must be fast enough to be effective. Delays of more than 5 seconds will significantly reduce the value of the alerts.
    • Automated actions
      • must be tolerant of system errors including false, missed, or late alerts and incorrect intensity estimates.
      • must not have the potential to result in injury, damage, or loss.
    • Human alerting
      • general public notification is only authorized when the magnitude is 5.0 and larger and to areas expected to experience shaking of MMI 4 or greater.
      • people receiving alerts should be trained in how to respond to ShakeAlert notifications and understand the limitations of the system.

The ShakeAlert System provides earthquake notification and data streams using internet-based services. The USGS will provide API and data format documentation intended for developers. The USGS will also provide password protected access to a ShakeAlert test service and live streams from ShakeAlert production prototypes services. The ability of the USGS to provide application development support is very limited.

ShakeAlert is a cooperative project between the USGS and university partners including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of California at Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology. We encourage collaboration among all interested parties including Beta Users, Pilot Users, universities, and government entities.

Commercial developers must agree to the License to Operate (LtO) Agreement and Terms of Service.

End users must agree to the Non-Commercial License Agreement and Terms of Service.