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Open-File Report 2008–1158

ShakeCast Manual

By Kuo-Wan Lin and David J. Wald

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ShakeCast is a freely available, post-earthquake situational awareness application that automatically retrieves earthquake shaking data from ShakeMap, compares intensity measures against users’ facilities, and generates potential damage assessment notifications, facility damage maps, and other Web-based products for emergency managers and responders.

Version 1.0

Posted June 2008

Suggested citation:

Lin, K.W., and Wald, D.J., 2008, ShakeCast manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008–1158, 90 p.


1. Introduction

1.1 What is ShakeCast?

1.2 ShakeCast Technology

1.3 Where Can ShakeCast Be Used?

1.4 ShakeCast Availability

1.5 Acknowledgments

2. Installation

2.1 Hardware/Software Requirements

2.2 Initial Installation

2.3 Finalize Installation

2.4 Uninstalling ShakeCast

2.5 Setup

3. ShakeCast User Web Interface

3.1 System Requirements

3.2 Log in Procedure

3.3 Log out Procedure

3.4 Front Page of ShakeCast Portal

3.5 Primary Navigation Link Tabs

3.6 Listing of the ShakeCast Summary for Earthquakes

3.7 ShakeCast Facility Damage Assessment

3.8 Search Facilities

3.9 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

3.10 User Profile Management

3.11 User Registration

4. ShakeCast Administrator Web Interface

4.1 General Administration

4.2 Event Administration

4.3 Facility Administration

4.4 Profile Administration

4.5 User Administration

4.6 Miscellaneous Administration

5. XML Documents

5.1 ShakeMap RSS Feed XML

5.2 Event XML

5.3 Product XML

5.4 ShakeMap XML

5.5 Exposure XML

6. ShakeCast Utilities

6.1 heartbeat

6.2 logrotate

6.3 logstats

6.4 manage_event

6.5 manage_facility

6.6 manage_profile

6.7 manage_user

6.8 scfeed_local

6.9 shake_fetch

6.10 template

6.11 tester


A.1 Selecting Model Building Type and Code Era

A.2 Describing Damage

A.3 Relating Seismic Excitation to Structural Damage

A.4 Tabular Lookup Data


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