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Date published: January 25, 2021

A Geophysicist's Perspective on Mount Hood Monitoring Stations and the Recent Earthquake Swarm

A CVO geophysicist discusses how the monitoring stations installed at Mount Hood in 2020 provide insight into the recent Mount Hood earthquake swarm.

Date published: January 14, 2021

Federal Agencies Partner to Strengthen ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Capacity Along the West Coast

A lone solar panel in the middle of California’s largest national forest is powering a seismometer able to detect Earth’s vibrations, a piece of the puzzle necessary to help protect life and property by providing critical seconds of warning that an earthquake is occurring and shaking is imminent.  

Date published: January 14, 2021

New Scientist-in-Charge at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jon Major to serve as the new Scientist-in-Charge of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Date published: January 13, 2021

Groundwater discharge impacts marine isotope budgets.

Groundwater is an important pathway for materials to flow from land to sea. This is particularly true for materials that are concentrated in groundwater due to chemical interactions between water and aquifer rocks as groundwater flows to the coast. 

Date published: January 13, 2021

Geologic Origins: Tracking geologic change along Cape Cod

Rob Thieler, Center Chief of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, contributed to the January 8, 2021 article, Cape Cod: Shipwrecks, Dune Shacks, and Shifting Sands. Living in Geologic Time: How long will the cape keep its fist raised against the waves?  in Eos; Science News by AGU.  

Date published: January 7, 2021

Post-Wildfire Debris Flow Awareness

Post-wildfire hazards in Colorado can be as dangerous as the fires themselves.

Date published: December 29, 2020

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake in Croatia

The USGS has up-to-date details on the December 29, 2020 event.

Date published: December 21, 2020

Kīlauea Volcano Erupts

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. HST on Sunday, December 20, an eruption occurred within Kīlauea’s summit caldera. This is an evolving situation. To get up-to-date information, please check the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. For press inquiries, please email [update: 12/21/2020; 10:14am HST]

Date published: December 10, 2020

USGS Reducing Risk Website

The Reducing Risk website under the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area showcases the USGS Risk Plan and pulls together research and activities from around the USGS that focus on the goals of the plan: to advance USGS capabilities in risk assessment, mitigation, and communication.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Date published: December 9, 2020

Follow Earthquake Tweets

The USGS launched a new social media account (@USGS_Quakes) run by earthquake scientists and staff to "provide context for significant earthquakes and insights into seismic science."

December 8, 2020

Natural Hazards Newsletter - Inaugural Issue - Vol. 1 | Issue 2021-Winter

We introduce the USGS Natural Hazards newsletter. In this issue: A new geonarrative about the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake, Potential landslide in Alaska, Subduction Zone Science, Post-wildfire debris flow assessments, new @USGS_Quakes Twitter account, Mapping faults in Puerto Rico, Coastal Change Top Story, Photo Round Up and more!

Date published: December 4, 2020

2019 Ridgecrest, California Earthquake Sequence Geonarrative

A new geonarrative (Esri Story Map) summarizes the USGS response and findings after the M6.4 on July 4 and M7.1 on July 6, 2019 in Searles Valley, Southern California.