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Date published: July 27, 2015

Media Advisory: Cascadia Quake and Orphan Tsunami — Public Lecture

One winter's night in the year 1700, a mysterious tsunami flooded fields and washed away houses in Japan. It arrived without the warning that a nearby earthquake usually provides.

Date published: April 10, 2015

Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning

MENLO PARK, Calif.— Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes according to newly reported research.

Date published: April 10, 2015

Científicos ponen a prueba los teléfonos móviles inteligentes para la advertencia de terremotos

MENLO PARK, California — Los teléfonos móviles y otros dispositivos electrónicos personales podrían ayudar en las regiones donde se encuentran en uso generalizado, y pueden funcionar como sistemas de alerta para terremotos mayor según la nueva investigación científica recien publicada.

Date published: March 30, 2015

USGS Seeks Proposals for Earthquake Science

The U.S. Geological Survey expects to award up to $7 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2016.

Date published: March 10, 2015

New Long-Term Earthquake Forecast for California

A new California earthquake forecast by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners revises scientific estimates for the chances of having large earthquakes over the next several decades. 

Date published: March 6, 2015

Reawakened Oklahoma Faults Could Produce Larger Future Events

Reactivated faults that have produced thousands of Oklahoma earthquakes are capable of causing larger seismic events, according to U.S. Geological Survey research published today in Geophysical Research Letters.

Date published: January 7, 2015

Fewer Large Earthquakes in 2014

While the number of large earthquakes fell to 12 in 2014, from 19 in 2013, several moderate temblors hit areas relatively new to seismicity, including Oklahoma and Kansas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Worldwide, 11 earthquakes reached magnitude 7.0-7.9 and one registered magnitude 8.2, in Iquique, Chile, on April 1.

Date published: October 15, 2014

Media Advisory: Washington National Cathedral to Host Earthquake Experts

Three years after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused $25 million worth of damage to its pinnacles, buttresses and ceilings, the Washington National Cathedral will host earthquake experts from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. 

Date published: October 14, 2014

Seismometers to Measure DC Shaking

Thirty seismometers are being installed in the Nation’s capital this winter to monitor ground tremors to better estimate the intensity of ground shaking that can be expected during future earthquakes in the area.

Date published: October 9, 2014

Media Advisory: Experts Gather in Advance of National Earthquake Drill

A press conference will be held on October 14, 2014 in recognition of the upcoming International ShakeOut Day of Action. On October 16, nearly 25 million people (2 million in the SouthEast region) are expected to participate in the world’s largest earthquake drill.

Date published: August 13, 2014

Recent Chilean Earthquakes Signal Potential for Similar Future Events

Despite the magnitude 8.2 earthquake that hit northern Chile in April 2014, the plate boundary in that region is still capable of hosting shocks of the same size or even greater in the near future, according to new research presented in Nature. 

Date published: May 6, 2014

Record Number of Oklahoma Tremors Raises Possibility of Damaging Earthquakes

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in central Oklahoma.