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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.

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Mars 2020 Mission: The Perseverance Rover Landing

The excitement of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars can be witnessed on NASA TV starting at 11:15 PST on February 18, 2021.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Post-Wildfire Debris Flow Awareness

Post-wildfire hazards in Colorado can be as dangerous as the fires themselves.

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Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake in Croatia

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

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Chronic Wasting Disease: Can Science Save Our Dear Deer?

What’s in a name? Chronic wasting disease sounds ominous, too descriptive for comfort, almost impolite in its directness. It is, in fact, a truthful...

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USGS Science Programs

Explore our Earth-and biological science programs and learn about our people, partners and products.

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Kīlauea Volcano Erupts

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. HST on Sunday, December 20, an eruption occurred within Kīlauea’s summit caldera. This is an evolving situation. To get up-to...

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Bird of Courage

When celebrating Thanksgiving with your family this year, remember that the turkey is not just the main course, but, as Benjamin Franklin said, it’s...

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USGS Program Tackles Complex Water Questions

The U.S. Geological Survey has chosen the Illinois River Basin as the next watershed to be studied by its scientists as part of a large-scale effort...
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