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We are often asked what staff at the SED do when no earthquakes are occurring.
The answer is they conduct research in a variety of fields, constituting SED's main scientific activities described in our research field section.
The Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich is the federal agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes in Switzerland and its neighboring countries and for assessing Switzerland’s seismic hazard.
When an earthquake happens, the SED informs the public, authorities, and the media about the earthquake’s location, magnitude, and possible consequences.
The activities of the SED are integrated in the federal action plan for earthquake precaution.