Siesmic Monitoring Station

Summary

SCH Number
2018028350
Lead Agency
Emergency Services, Office of (Office of Emergency Services, California)
Document Title
Siesmic Monitoring Station
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
2/23/2018

Document Description
This new station will contribute to the CA Earthquake Early Warning System (CEEWS) designed to potentially save thousands of lives during a large earthquake, prevent critical infrastructure damage and expedite recovery following a large earthquake. The network to which this sensor is connected will contribute real-time data to accurately record and warn people of strong shaking due to earthquakes in the region, and help provide records of ground motion that would be of immense scientific, engineering and public safety value. Under a ten-year lease with property owner, UC BSL plans to install and operate an outdoor seismic monitoring station at the Lat/Long location noted above. Three-day installation will take place in a roughly 36-sq.-ft. area, to install two small structures: 1. 4'x3'x10' sensor vault set on a 6" concrete base, with two attached PVC-pipe postholes (10" diameter) running from center of vault, to a maximum of 10' into the ground, leading to two seismometers (1 strong motion accelerator and 1 broadband seismometer); 2. 4'x3'x6' concrete base on which a battery box, solar panel equipment, antenna mounts, and communications equipment are housed; and 3. 10'x15'x5' fence around site, with fence posts placed 1' deep in 4" diameter holes. A flexible conduit 1' deep and 5" wide will connect the two structures. Grounding rods will be inset next to the equipment to protect the site from lightning strikes. Holes for the vault, solar panel mount, and antenna and fence poles will be dug by a small backhoe or hand-operated auger. Access to site is entirely by existing roads and trails. There are no hazardous substances involved. If needed, a small generator (~8 KW) will be used to power a hand-loaded concrete mixer and any other tools needed for the work.

Contact Information
Peggy Hellweg
Office of Emergency Services, California
3650 Schriever Avenue P.O. Box 419023
Mather, CA 95655-4203

Phone : (510) 642-9905
hellweg@berkeley.edu

Location

Coordinates
40.2882°'"N 124.3425°'"W
Counties
Humboldt
Cross Streets
Lighthouse Road

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
C: 3, 4, 6; S: 15303, 15304, 153
Reasons for Exemption
06. This project is exempt in accordance with Class 3 as described above; construction of new small weatherproof enclosures to operate seismic sensor equipment for the purpose of data collection (Class 6). In accordance with Class 4, the project described above consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. None of the exceptions to a notice of exemption apply.
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