MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Webinar – Gathering and Sharing Information about Recent Earthquakes

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After the next significant earthquake, many sources will be disseminating information from a variety of accounts, tools and services.

This hour-long, web-based training for the media will cover the most authoritative source: the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program website. The training will provide instruction on how the program’s products work together, including the Latest Earthquakes Map and the Earthquake Notification Service. Additionally, essential earthquake science and preparedness topics will be addressed during the demonstration, and the training will conclude with an interactive discussion featuring representatives of the USGS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology, Southern California Earthquake Center and UNAVCO.




  • 12 p.m. MST
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017




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Please note: there is no dial-in by phone. Users must connect by web or mobile application.




Demonstration on the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program site and products:


  • 12 - 12:05  p.m.: Introduction by the GeoHazards Messaging Collaboratory


  • 12:05 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.: Training on how to use USGS pages, services and products for recent earthquake information – Lisa Wald, USGS


  • 12:35 p.m.: Q&A / discussion between attending media and earthquake experts




  • Lisa Wald, USGS
  • Cindi Preller, NOAA
  • Jason Ballmann, Southern California Earthquake Center, or SCEC
  • Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
  • Wendy Bohon, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, or IRIS




  • Know what USGS earthquake pages to bookmark and how they work across desktop or mobile
  • View shareable multimedia helpful for reporting on earthquakes
  • Gain a deeper understanding of earthquake science and preparedness
  • Develop story ideas surrounding National Preparedness Month in September and Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills in October





This event is supported by the GeoHazards Messaging Collaboratory, a joint working group of communications professionals representing some of the nation's leading geological hazards research institutions, such as the Southern California Earthquake Center, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, and UNAVCO.

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