Seismologists often jest that “the best way to stop earthquakes is to deploy seismic stations.” The laborious effort to install seismometers to record signals from earthquakes or to pursue targeted investigations of Earth's structure is sometimes confounded by the vagaries of earthquake occurrence, which is decidedly nonuniform in space and time. Of course, this often proves to be more of an anxiety than a reality, and most efforts, especially those employing multiyear installations, succeed in gathering valuable seismic data. One of the most gratifying examples of success is provided by the deployment of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology–National Science...

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