The USGS said it wants to install 35 of the shoebox-sized devices known as NetQuakes Sensors to record strong ground motions and send the measurements to the agency over the Internet. The information will be used to help with emergency response after earthquakes.
USGS officials said they're looking for homes that are quiet and out-of-the-way, but near population centers and active fault lines. Areas that need sensors include homes under 4,000 square feet and near business districts, which includes a large section of the Bay Area.
Here are the other requirements:
Potential volunteers can fill out an application at the USGS website.