LANL Earthquake Prediction Challenge

Integrative Data Science Initiative
May 27, 2019
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Forecasting earthquakes is one of the most important problems in Earth science because of their devastating consequences. Current scientific studies related to earthquake forecasting focus on three key points: when the event will occur, where it will occur, and how large it will be.

In this competition, you will address when the earthquake will take place. Specifically, you’ll predict the time remaining before laboratory earthquakes occur from real-time seismic data.

If this challenge is solved and the physics are ultimately shown to scale from the laboratory to the field, researchers will have the potential to improve earthquake hazard assessments that could save lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure.

This challenge is hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory which enhances national security by ensuring the safety of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.


May 27, 2019 - Entry deadline. You must accept the competition rules before this date in order to compete.

May 27, 2019 - Team Merger deadline. This is the last day participants may join or merge teams.

May 27, 2019 - External Data Disclosure deadline. All external data used in the competition must be disclosed in the forums by this date.

June 3, 2019 - Final submission deadline.

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM UTC on the corresponding day unless otherwise noted. The competition organizers reserve the right to update the contest timeline if they deem it necessary.


1st Place- $20,000

2nd Place- $15,000

3rd Place- $7,000

4th Place- $5,000

5th Place- $3,000

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