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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: 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

The Monitor newsletter - Inaugural Issue - Vol. 1 | Issue Winter 2021

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.

November 30, 2020

Sound Waves Newsletter - October-November 2020

We learn about mapping the Alaska coastline, meet some of our women scientists, and learn how we are connecting with students in a virtual world in this October-November 2020 issue of Sound Waves.

Date published: November 30, 2020

Coastal Change Mapping and Research in Alaska

USGS studies coastal change along Alaska’s 66,000 miles of complex coastline - which stands as a tremendous resource to the Nation.

Date published: November 30, 2020

News Briefs - October-November 2020

Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

    Date published: November 30, 2020

    Rapid-response seismic reflection survey to identify the fault sources of the southwestern Puerto Rico seismic sequence

    Intense seismic activity started in southwestern Puerto Rico on December 28, 2019 and is continuing to the present time.

    Date published: November 13, 2020

    Three new monitoring stations installed at Mount Hood

    These stations enhance the existing monitoring network at this high-threat volcano and improve the ability of CVO scientists and their partners to detect and provide warning of any changes in earthquake activity or ground deformation that may signal an increase in volcanic activity and a subsequent danger to people and property.

    Date published: November 5, 2020

    Now Trending…Earthquakes

    The earth isn’t the only thing shaking after an earthquake.

    Date published: November 2, 2020

    New Geo-Narrative explores California’s exposure to volcanic hazards

    The first step in mitigating volcanic risk and building community resilience to volcanic hazards is identifying what and who is in harm’s way.