Raspberry Shake - Home Earthquake Monitor (RS1D)

This shake brings an easy-to-use earthquake monitor to the yard! Developed and made on a literal volcano, the Raspberry Shake is a highly accurate seismograph you can use in your home, office, and classroom. This Raspberry Pi accessory uses a single, vertical geophone as its sensor – a very sensitive yet rugged Earth motion microphone widely used in the oil and gas industry, to detect seismic vibration. The Raspberry Shake was originally designed with citizen scientists and educational facilities in mind, but can easily be used by other hobbyists, makers, and enthusiasts, as well!

Included with this kit is everything you need to equip your Raspberry Pi Zero, Pi Zero W, 3 Model B, 3 Model B+, 2 Model B, Model B and Model B+ with everything it needs to detect and measure earthquakes and seismic activities like fracking, explosions, eruptions, avalanches, landslides, and more. All you need supply is the Raspberry Pi itself.

Note: The Raspberry Shake Home Earthquake Monitor only includes the parts found in the Includes Tab. This kit will require some assembly and does NOT include a Raspberry Pi or power source. These items will need to be purchased separately.

This unit is for Educational and Home Hobby Use Only. Please be sure that you agree to these terms before purchasing: Terms of use.

  • 1x Raspberry Shake Circuit Board
  • 1x Vertical Earth motion Monitoring Sensor (“Geophone”, 4.5Hz) with Cables
  • 1x Enclosure
  • 1x 8GB Micro SD Card (pre-programmed)

Raspberry Shake - Home Earthquake Monitor (RS1D) Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • Thaingad / about 6 years ago / 1

    I have one set up and running in my garage. Assembly is trivial, and after that it is plug and play. It provides a web interface for configuring the location, after which it broadcasts to a network (https://raspberryshake.net/stationview). The online documentation provides security guidance (ie, change the default password).

    It is very sensitive. I can tell when I'm walking around my house. I am a little concerned about someone using this as a way to tell when I'm out. Something to consider.

    There is a store at the raspberryshake homepage that offers weatherproof enclosures. This kit is obviously not that.

  • Jon Self / about 6 years ago / 1

    Ah man this is so cool! Definitely one to add to my wishlist :) So does the pi sitting inside of the enclosure have any way to be sealed off from the elements? (i might not understand something here, if so sorry!)

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Wonderful device

Sparkfun, you made a wonderful job with this product. This device has professional capabilities and a good set of tools and resources. Excellent for earth dynamics and exploratory research. We would love to have more information about how the raw data can be accessed. Please offer the 3D and Boom devices also!