The National Earthquake Information Center
(NEIC), a part of the Department of the Interior, US Geological Survey, is the
national data center and archive for earthquake information. It is located on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines. Over 3000 regional seismic monitors report to the NEIC, and the place is abuzz with scientists doing their scientific thing. Even kids who've always found geology a bit of a bore can't help getting caught up in the enthusiasm these folks have for their jobs. The website
is full of up-to-the-minute information about earthquakes and where they have occurred around the world. Tours
of 30 to 45 minutes are scheduled once a week for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday anytime between 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. Days vary depending on the week and reservations are required.