RS4D | DIY Kit

$374.99$499.99 USD

Strong Motion Seismograph

  • Vertical velocity and triaxial (east, north, and vertical) MEMS sensors
  • Detect vertical activity for earthquakes of all magnitudes near and far
  • All axes MEMS accelerometer remains on scale during larger local earthquakes
  • Versatile, combining sensor technologies and ideal for high seismic activity areas
  • DIY version includes all hardware except Raspberry Pi computer and cables
  • Compatible Raspberry Pi Models:  3 Model B, 2/3/4 Model B(+), Model B+
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Build the RS4D yourself with this DIY version! Just add your own Raspberry Pi computer board, ethernet and power cables.  All the other hardware necessary to make your device is included.

Incorporating both velocity and acceleration sensors, the RS4D is an incredibly flexible seismograph. The multiple sensor technologies not only extends its usage applications, but also widens the range of motion it can detect.

The difference between the RS1D and the RS4D is that the RS4D has three orthogonally positioned microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometers built into the board. This is interesting for people who live in active earthquake zones where the strong motion might be enough to “saturate” the geophone velocity sensor, or in other words exceed the instrument’s measurement limit. With the incorporated accelerometer, seismic activity should remain on scale with the added benefit of being able to detect lateral motion as well.

The RS4D is a well-rounded, strong motion seismograph. With multiple sensors, more data options, and a wider range it has a multitude of applications, including those that require an accelerometer. If quakes are common where you live, keep an eye on the activity from the comfort of your own home, with your own personal RS4D earthquake monitor.

For a side by side comparison of our devices to see which one is right for you, please go here.

Additional information

Weight 0.68 kg

Home/Classroom Use, All Other Use Cases

Getting Started

Setup and installation is easy! Click on this link for our Quick Start Guide to find all the details to getting started.

  • See our growing map of RS devices (and soon yours) on Station View
  • Sign up or login to your RS Dashboard on the “ShakeNet” web portal
  • Are you a teacher? Go to our dedicate Shake Education website

Need Help?

  • Looking for a quote or do you have a specific sales question? Contact us here.
  • With the product itself? – Go to our technical support forum here.
  • On any aspect of setup, instructions, recommendations, power user topics and more? – Go to our full manual here.

Additional Information

Compatible Raspberry Pi Models 3 Model B, 2/3/4 Model B(+), Model B+
Connectivity WiFi or Ethernet
System Requirements Windows, Linux or Mac OS compatible
License All users must adhere to the Raspberry Shake license agreement.
Warranty The Raspberry Shake circuit board and geophone components come with a one year guarantee. Full details. 
Technical Specifications Click here.
Shipping All products are shipped by INCOTERM DAP. The buyer assumes all responsibility for import duties and taxes. Shipping Terms.

What's Included

  • 1x Raspberry Shake 4D circuit board
  • 1x Vertical Earth motion monitoring sensor with cables
  • 1x Triaxial (east, north, and vertical) MEMS accelerometer
  • 1x Enclosure
  • 1x 8 GB Micro SD Card (pre-programmed)

Not included

This kit does not include the Raspberry Pi computer and cables. These would be supplied by you separately.


  • Easy web-based configuration
  • ShakeNet mobile app for data visualization and earthquake monitoring
  • Web-based applications for data visualization compatible with Firefox/ Chrome/ IE
  • Desktop applications for data visualization compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Compatible with all industry-standard seismological applications (e.g., ObsPy, SeisComP3, Earthworm)


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