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A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand on November 13, 2016 at 11:02:56 UTC.
For the first time, the United States will host the international Volcano Observatory Best Practices workshop, previously held only in Italy. The workshop will take place from November 15-18 in Vancouver, Washington. It is designed specifically for volcano observatories around the world and their staff to exchange ideas and best practices with each other.
New low-altitude aerial photos of Southeastern beaches taken before and after Hurricane Matthew passed offshore show a new storm-cut inlet, and roads, dunes and structures lost.
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Italy on October 30, 2016 at 06:40:19 UTC (7:40 am local time). This is reportedly the largest earthquake in Italy since the magnitude 6.9 Irpinia earthquake struck southern Italy in 1980.
A new USGS Paleoclimate Research website details our latest research around the world in this intriguing field.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Italy on October 26, 2016 at 19:18:08 UTC (9:18 pm local). A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck earlier at 17:10:37 UTC. Numerous smaller aftershocks have also occurred.
Written by Marisa Lubeck and Ethan Alpern
In 2014, a large pulse of water was released into the mostly dry delta of the Colorado River along the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Geological Survey scientists are studying the effects of the pulse on the environment as part of a historic, bi-national collaborative effort. The pulse flow and the need to study its effects were accepted as part of the Minute 319 of the 1944 U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty.
Building knowledge to protect ecological and human health
The heavy rains and storm surge Hurricane Matthew produced caused severe flooding in many parts of the south east, resulting in almost 40 peak flood records. As the flood waters continue to recede from some affected areas, the U. S. Geological Survey will continue its efforts to record this historic flooding. Click here to learn more about the work the USGS has completed for Hurricane Matthew.
Do you know what to do the moment the ground starts shaking? Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, USGS crews have been collecting the record number of storm-tide sensors deployed prior to the storm and are now determining high water marks, collecting water quality samples, and assessing the impacts of storm surge on south eastern beaches caused by erosion, overwash and inundation.
Visit the USGS Hurricane Matthew webpage to learn more.