Statement of Purpose

from SSA’s Early Years

Seismological Society of America
Its Object


Promote research in seismology, the scientific investigation of earthquakes and related phenomena.


Promote public safety by all practical means.


Enlist the interest of engineers, architects, contractors, insurers, and property owners in the obligation to protect the community against disasters due to earthquakes and earthquake fires by showing that it is reasonably practicable and economical to build for security.


Inform the public by appropriate publications, lectures, and other means to an understanding of the fact that earthquakes are dangerous chiefly because we do not take adequate precautions against their effects, whereas it is possible to insure ourselves against damage by proper studies of their geographic distribution, historical sequence, activities, and effects on buildings.