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Date published: March 23, 2021

CONNECT! Natural Hazards Mission Area Facebook Account Exceeds 20K Followers, and New @USGS_Quakes Twitter Account Now Has More Than 200K Followers

Through coordinated communication activities, the Natural Hazards Mission Area is committed to sharing news and science with broad audiences. Social media is an important part of this communications portfolio.

Date published: March 16, 2021

Improving Earthquake Monitoring with Deep Learning

Can a deep-learning approach perform better than NEIC’s traditional methods to get more accurate earthquake locations and magnitudes? The NEIC monitoring system is a perfect candidate for deep learning because it processes large amounts of data, and that’s where deep learning excels.

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Date published: March 4, 2021

Kermadec and New Zealand Earthquakes

Three notable earthquakes struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near the Kermadec Islands and New Zealand today, March 4, 2021.

Date published: February 16, 2021

ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Delivery for the Pacific Northwest

Starting May 4, 2021, ShakeAlert®-powered earthquake early warning alerts will be available to more than 50 million people in California, Oregon and Washington, the most earthquake-prone region in the conterminous U.S.

Date published: February 4, 2021

The Disaster that Helped the Nation Prepare for Future Earthquakes: Remembering San Fernando

The San Fernando earthquake struck Southern California 50 years ago, killing 64 people and costing over $500 million in damages. The quake prompted federal, state and local action to reduce earthquake risks and bolster public safety.

Date published: January 29, 2021

Who’s Sharing? Inconsistent Eyewitness Accounts Can Affect How We Understand Earthquakes

Scientists rely on seismometers and eyewitness accounts to identify an earthquake’s location, time and magnitude. A new study explores how the latter can be limited by socioeconomic factors, which can create biases in datasets that scientists use to characterize seismic hazards and coordinate emergency response.  

Date published: January 14, 2021

Federal Agencies Partner to Strengthen ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Capacity Along the West Coast

A lone solar panel in the middle of California’s largest national forest is powering a seismometer able to detect Earth’s vibrations, a piece of the puzzle necessary to help protect life and property by providing critical seconds of warning that an earthquake is occurring and shaking is imminent.  

Date published: December 29, 2020

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake in Croatia

The USGS has up-to-date details on the December 29, 2020 event.

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.