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Natural Hazards

Every year in the United States, natural hazards threaten lives and livelihoods and result in billions of dollars in damage. We work with many partners to monitor, assess, and conduct targeted research on a wide range of natural hazards so that policymakers and the public have the understanding they need to enhance preparedness, response, and resilience.

News

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Using modern tools to look at past earthquakes: How lidar data help to better understand the 1959 Hebgen Lake event

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The Monitor Newsletter - Vol. 7 | Issue Summer 2022

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Space Weather and Magnetic Storms: Invaders from Outer Space…Sort Of

Publications

U.S. strong-motion programs

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Flexible multimethod approach for seismic site characterization

We describe the flexible multimethod seismic site characterization technique for obtaining shear-wave velocity (VS) profiles and derivative information, such as the time-averaged VS of the upper 30 m (VS30). Simply stated, the multimethod approach relies on the application of multiple independent noninvasive site characterization acquisition and analysis techniques utilized in a flexible field-bas

Beyond the teleseism: Introducing regional seismic and geodetic data into routine USGS finite‐fault modeling

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) routinely produces finite‐fault models following significant earthquakes. These models are spatiotemporal estimates of coseismic slip critical to constraining downstream response products such as ShakeMap ground motion estimates, Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquake for Response loss estimates, and ground failure ass

Science

Remote Sensing Coastal Change

We use remote-sensing technologies—such as aerial photography, satellite imagery, structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry, and lidar (laser-based surveying)—to measure coastal change along U.S. shorelines.
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Remote Sensing Coastal Change

We use remote-sensing technologies—such as aerial photography, satellite imagery, structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry, and lidar (laser-based surveying)—to measure coastal change along U.S. shorelines.
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Puerto Rico Landslide Hazard Mitigation Project

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, it triggered more than 70,000 landslides across the island, which disrupted transportation routes, dislodged homes from their foundations on steep hillsides, and caused both direct and indirect loss of life. In the wake of the hurricane, professionals in Puerto Rico reached out to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for technical and educational...
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Puerto Rico Landslide Hazard Mitigation Project

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, it triggered more than 70,000 landslides across the island, which disrupted transportation routes, dislodged homes from their foundations on steep hillsides, and caused both direct and indirect loss of life. In the wake of the hurricane, professionals in Puerto Rico reached out to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for technical and educational...
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Interactive U.S. Landslide Data Maps

Interactive U.S. Landslide Data Maps with access to GIS data.
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Interactive U.S. Landslide Data Maps

Interactive U.S. Landslide Data Maps with access to GIS data.
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