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The USGS monitors and reports on earthquakes, assesses earthquake impacts and hazards, and conducts targeted research on the causes and effects of earthquakes. We undertake these activities as part of the larger National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), a four-agency partnership established by Congress.

 

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New Methods for Dating and Sequencing Ancient Earthquakes

A project to scan a small selection of the film chips of historical earthquake recordings to digital files, and to archive photos and descriptions of early seismometers.

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Date published: November 30, 2018

2018 Anchorage Earthquake

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck north of Anchorage, Alaska, on November 30, 2018, at 8:29 a.m. local time (17:29:28 UTC).  For the most up-to-date information, please visit the USGS event page, and for estimates of casualties and damage, visit the USGS Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) website.

Date published: October 17, 2018

The Hayward Fault—Is It Due for a Repeat of the Powerful 1868 Earthquake?

By Thomas M. Brocher, Jack Boatwright, James J. Lienkaemper, Carol S. Prentice, David P. Schwartz, and Howard Bundock

Drawn from: USGS Fact Sheet 2018-3052

Date published: October 16, 2018

The Great ShakeOut! -- 2018 Edition

Do you know what to do the moment the ground starts shaking? Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

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Year Published: 2019

Evaluation of temporally correlated noise in global navigation satellite system time series: Geodetic monument performance

Estimates of background noise of Global Positioning System‐derived time series of positions for 740 sites in the western United States are examined. These data consist of daily epochs of three components of displacements that are at least 9.75 years long within the interval between 2000 and 2018. We find that these time series have...

Langbein, John; Svarc, Jerry L.

Year Published: 2019

The Shumagin seismic gap structure and associated tsunami hazards, Alaska convergent margin

The potential for a major earthquake in the Shumagin seismic gap, and the tsunami it could generate, was reported in 1971. However, while potentially tsunamigenic splay faults in the adjacent Unimak and Semidi earthquake segments are known, such features along the Shumagin segment were undocumented until recently. To investigate margin structure...

Detweiler, Shane T.; von Huene, Roland E.; Miller, John J.; Krabbenhoeft, Anne

Year Published: 2018

On the potential duration of the aftershock sequence of the 2018 Anchorage earthquake

Currently, an aftershock sequence is ongoing in Alaska after the magnitude 7.0 Anchorage earthquake of November 30, 2018. Using two scenarios, determined with observations as of December 14, 2018, this report estimates that it will take between 2.5 years and 3 decades before the rate of aftershocks decays to the rate of earthquakes that were...

Michael, Andrew J.
Michael, A.J., 2018, On the potential duration of the aftershock sequence of the 2018 Anchorage earthquake: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1195, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181195.