The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with scientists from four other institutions, will release results from the most comprehensive study to date of how hard and how long the ground shook in the 1906 earthquake. Additionally, organizers of the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference will preview what's in store for conference participants.
April 18 marks the 100 year anniversary of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Northern California, the most damaging earthquake in U.S. history. The earth ruptured for about 300 miles along the San Andreas Fault throughout Northern California, both on land and where it extends offshore. The earthquake and fires that followed caused catastrophic damage to cities and towns throughout the region and had a dramatic impact on the culture and history of California. The event also initiated national interest in study of earthquakes and disaster prevention.
The 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference is hosted jointly by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Disaster Resistant California (California's Office of Emergency Services) and the Seismological Society of America.
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The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
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