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In this issue: 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake geo-narrative, potential landslide in Alaska, subduction zone science, post-wildfire debris flow assessments, new @USGS_Quakes Twitter account, mapping faults in Puerto Rico, and more.

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Date published: August 27, 2021

Exploring the Unknown in the Deep North Atlantic Ocean

Learning more about international waters, or the "high seas," and other unexplored deepwater areas through exploration is critical to ensuring they are collectively and sustainably managed for the good of the planet.

Date published: August 25, 2021

Coastal Change Hazards Team Forecasted Hurricane Henri Beach Impacts

As Hurricane Henri approached the US northeast Atlantic coast, the USGS Coastal Change Hazards team produced a series of forecasts for impacts on the beach. Forecasts for New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts were updated daily based on wave and storm surge forecasts from NOAA.

Date published: August 20, 2021

USGS Launches New One-Stop-Shop for Hurricane Information

Hurricanes pose numerous hazards to coastal communities and ecosystems. The USGS has gathered a broad range of expertise on storm-related hazards and research and compiled them into a handy hub of hurricane information.

Date published: August 5, 2021

Timing of iceberg scours and massive ice-rafting events in the subtropical North Atlantic

Iceberg tracks in the seafloor: Icebergs can travel south all the way to Florida!

Date published: August 4, 2021

10-Year Anniversary of US’s Most Widely Felt Earthquake

Ten years ago, in the early afternoon of August 23, 2011, millions of people throughout the eastern U.S. felt shaking from a magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia. No lives were lost, something experts called “lucky” given the extent of shaking, but property damage was estimated to be in the range of $200 to $300 million.

Date published: August 3, 2021

Celebrating the 5,000th Sample in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary!

On Friday, July 23rd, Page Valentine, a Research Geologist with the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, collected his 5,000th sample in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary of Massachusetts Bay!

Date published: August 2, 2021

Coastal Change Hazards Video Launch

The Coastal Change Hazards team launched a video to describe how USGS integrates robust research, state-of-the-art capabilities, and stakeholder input to achieve coastal resilience goals.

Date published: July 30, 2021

Ferromanganese nodules on a deep-ocean seamount

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center researcher Kira Mizell talks about the discovery of a ferromanganese nodule field on a seamount deep in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Date published: July 29, 2021

Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake in Alaska

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck 50 miles south of the Alaska Peninsula on July 28, 2021 at 10:15 pm local time (July 29, 2021 06:15 UTC). Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of 20 miles (32.2 kilometers).