Where’s the Fire?

The USGS carries out a wide range of wildfire-related science activities that span multiple USGS mission areas, including landscape ecology studies, geospatial support for fire response, burned area hydrology, and post-fire debris flow warnings.

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Wildfires FAQs

Four Million Acres Burned, And a Few Questions About Alaska’s Future

GeoMAC Wildland Fire Support

Wildfire Hazards – A National Threat

Satellite Data Applications for Fire Science

Is it your fault?

Check out this interactive fault map for an easy look at what faults are in your area.  You can also find information on faults and associated folds in the United States that are believed to be sources of M>6 earthquakes during the Quaternary (the past 1,600,000 years)

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Earthquake FAQs

Latest Earthquakes

Earthquake Early Warning

Earthquake  Feeds & Notifications

Seismogram Displays

An Illustrated Guide to Reading a Seismogram

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Yes indeed! The USGS maintains many different photo collections  for your use.  All of our images are in the public domain and can be freely used without permission. All we ask is that you acknowledge the USGS as the source. See our Copyrights and Credits statement for more information.

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Publications and Photographs FAQs

Multimedia Gallery

USGS on flickr

Avian flu, that’s for the birds!

But, not only the birds: A study by the U.S. Geological Survey and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, shows that the avian influenza H3N8 strain that infected New England harbor seals could be transmitted to other mammals through the air without physical contact.

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Avian Influenza FAQs

Avian Influenza Map

National wildlife Health Center

NWHC: Education and Outreach

Did you get wind of the geomagnetic storm?

A geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of the Earth's magnetosphere caused by a solar wind shock wave and/or cloud of charged particles,​which interacts with the Earth's magnetic field.  Space weather phenomena associated with,​ or caused by geomagnetic storms​ include: Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) events, geomagnetically induced current (GIC), ionospheric disturbances, and auroral displays at much lower latitudes than normal.

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Geomagnetism FAQs

Introduction to Geomag

Real-Time Geomagnetic Conditions

USGS and Its Role in Space Weather Monitoring

USGS Observatories

Space Weather Applications

Monitoring the Earth's Dynamic Magnetic Field