Earthquake Science Center


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The Menlo Park Science Center has been the flagship research center for the USGS in the western United States for more than 50 years. It is the largest USGS research center in the West and houses extensive research laboratories, scientific infrastructure, and library facilities.

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The Pasadena Field Office conducts research and promotes activities to reduce earthquake hazards in southern California. The Office works with Caltech and the California Geological Survey (CGS) to operate the Southern California Seismic Network, and also operates GPS stations to monitor earthquake activity and crustal movements, and to provide information for earthquake response.

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The spectacular scenery of the Pacific Northwest results directly from the active geological processes associated with being part of a subduction zone. The Pacific Northwest includes Washington, Oregon, northern California, and southwestern British Columbia, and geologically shares many similarities with the subduction zones of Japan and Chile.