Natural Hazards

About

The USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area (NHMA) develops and applies hazard science to help promote the safety, security, and economic well-being of the Nation. By working with partners, cooperators, and customers, NHMA delivers actionable assessments of natural hazards and risk and helps develop effective strategies to achieve resilient communities. 

Science Strategy

Science Strategy

Our Science Strategy guides us in fulfilling our mission in providing scientific observations, analyses, and research that are critical for the Nation to become more resilient to natural hazards.

Science Strategy

Each Year More People and Infrastructure are at Risk

Each Year More People and Infrastructure are at Risk

USGS explores opportunities to advance its capabilities to assess, mitigate, and communicate about risk.

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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.

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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 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.