News Briefs - February 2018

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

    This article is part of the February 2018 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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    Date published: February 28, 2018

    Giant Grooves Discovered on an Earthquake Fault Offshore Costa Rica

    Researchers report finding corrugations, or giant grooves, kilometers long, hundreds of meters wide, and tens of meters high, between the Cocos and Caribbean tectonic plates that form part of the Costa Rica subduction zone. The detailed three-dimensional data they used to uncover these corrugations can help them better understand large subduction zone earthquakes and related tsunamis worldwide...

    Date published: February 23, 2018

    USGS in South Korea

     For several years, KIGAM, the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, has hosted an international program for geoscience resources (IS-Geo).  The IS-Geo program draws together federal and private-sector professionals from the international community to discuss a range of specific geoscience and mineral topics.

    Date published: February 21, 2018

    Newspaper story on earthquake hazards in Santa Rosa, California, features information from USGS scientists

    USGS scientists Janet Watt and Suzanne Hecker provided information to the article’s author.

    Date published: February 20, 2018

    Pacific Missile Tracking Site Could Be Unusable in 20 Years Due to Climate Change

    Living and working on the Pacific islands hosting a key missile tracking site soon could be almost impossible due to the impacts of climate change.

    Date published: February 19, 2018

    USGS fields tsunami questions after earthquake off Kodiak, Alaska

    USGS geophysicist Eric Geist fielded questions about tsunamis after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake off southern Alaska prompted a tsunami watch for the U.S. west coast.

    Date published: February 15, 2018

    False-alarm tsunami alerts across the U.S. East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean prompt calls to USGS

    On February 6, USGS research geophysicist Eric Geist spoke to reporters Rachel Becker of The Verge and Grace Toohey of The Advocate about tsunami hazards on Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shores.

    Date published: February 14, 2018

    USGS research featured on the cover of Eos

    USGS research on a big earthquake fault off Alaska and Canada is featured on the cover of Eos, a journal of Earth and space science news published by the American Geophysical Union.

    Date published: February 13, 2018

    International workshop on “Understanding Flooding on Reef-lined Island Coastlines”

    USGS research geologist Curt Storlazzi led a workshop on “Understanding Flooding on Reef-lined Island Coastlines” (UFORIC) in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, from 5–7 February. 

    Date published: February 9, 2018

    USGS Gas Hydrates Project Releases New Fact Sheets!

    The USGS Gas Hydrates Project has published two new Fact Sheets. One describes the goals and scope of the Project and the other describes "Gas Hydrates in Nature," including where they form, how they are studied, and why researchers focus on gas hydrates for energy resource and environmental studies. 

    Date published: February 8, 2018

    USGS scientist travels to Pacific Panama to complete study on the impacts of climatic and oceanographic variability on coral reefs

    Research Oceanographer Lauren Toth will travel to Pacific Panama from February 26th–March 15th to collect data on the growth, erosion, and oceanography of coral reefs in Pacific Panama.

    Date published: February 7, 2018

    USGS 360-degree videos of king tides show how rising seas will transform California beaches in the future

    USGS oceanographer Juliette Finzi Hart shot 360-degree videos of king tides—the highest high tides of the year—throughout the Los Angeles region in 2016 and 2017.

    Date published: February 7, 2018

    Water-Quality Monitoring Program Aids Restoration of Great Lakes

    A new water-quality monitoring program, established by the U.S. Geological Survey, can provide scientists and managers with the best available data to help evaluate the health of Great Lakes ecosystems and improve water quality for recreation and commercial fishing.