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Date published: May 12, 2020

Announcing Gavin Hayes as USGS Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake & Geologic Hazards

On May 10, Gavin Hayes takes on the role of Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards within the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area.  The Senior Science Advisor serves as the coordinator for the Earthquake Hazards, Global Seismographic Network, and Geomagnetism Programs and provides oversight and guidance across the full breadth of USGS geohazard-related activities.

Date published: May 8, 2020

Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 3rd to  May 9th is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, a week dedicated to informing everyone about hurricane hazards and disseminating knowledge that can be used to prepare and take action!   

 

Date published: May 2, 2020

Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake Felt in Puerto Rico

On May 2, 2020, a  magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck about 4 miles offshore of Tallaboa, Puerto Rico, at a depth of about 5-6 miles (9 kilometers). This story will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

Date published: May 1, 2020

History of Innovation Leads to Cutting-Edge Technique for Sampling Water Deep Within Kīlauea’s Volcanic Crater

This month marks the second anniversary of the largest rift zone eruption and summit collapse at Kīlauea Volcano in 200 years. In 2018, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaii Volcano Observatory monitored more than 60 collapse events at the summit that caused the floor of Halema‘uma‘u crater to drop about 1600 feet, or more than five times the height of the Statue of Liberty.

Date published: May 1, 2020

Fan deltas could preserve evidence of landslide-triggered tsunamis

New research paper documents the dramatic change to the landscape following a massive landslide tsunami in Taan Fiord in 2015.

Date published: April 27, 2020

Science with eyes wide open: A tribute to Ken Pierce

Have you ever tried to keep track of all the pieces while playing 3-dimensional chess? Imagine if the 4th dimension—time—was included, and the goal was to understand the evolution of the entire Greater Yellowstone Geoecosystem! That's an apt analogy for the 55-year research career of USGS Scientist Emeritus Ken Pierce.

Date published: April 20, 2020

The shaking signal of far-away earthquakes at Yellowstone

Two pretty good-sized earthquakes shook the western U.S. in March, a M5.7 in Utah and a M6.5 in Idaho. These quakes not only shook up the people living in those regions, they shook instruments that are part of the Network of the Americas (NOTA)—a network of deformation monitoring stations throughout the USA and beyond that is operated by UNAVCO. This includes instruments in Yellowstone!

Date published: April 7, 2020

USGS Announces Awards for 2020 Applied Earthquake Research and Monitoring in the U.S.

Agency announces over $20 million in awards for 2020

Date published: April 1, 2020

USGS Seeks Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals

 

Applications due May 20th, 2020

Date published: March 31, 2020

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Felt in Central Idaho

On March 31, 2020, a  magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck  near Boise, ID, in the Challis National Forest. Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

Date published: March 26, 2020

M5.0 Earthquake Hits West Texas, New Mexico Border

On March 26, 2020, a  magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck West Texas near the New Mexico border. Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of 5.3 miles (8.5 kilometers). 

Date published: March 20, 2020

M5.7 Earthquake Felt near Salt Lake City, UT

Updated Forecast Shows 1% Chance of Aftershock Above 5.7