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Date published: May 15, 2003

Denali Fault Quake Offers Clues for Hazards in Future Quakes, Science Magazine Reports

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and their partners studying the largest on-land earthquake in North America in almost 150 years report new information that will help further safety-planning efforts for future large quakes, according to an article published in the May 16, 2003, edition of the journal Science.

Date published: May 8, 2003

USGS Study Finds Levels of Arsenic in Private Wells in Eastern New England Too High

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey has found that potentially more than 103,000 people who use private wells for drinking water in parts of eastern New England could have water supplies with arsenic levels that are higher than federal standards.

Date published: May 6, 2003

New USGS Fact Sheet on Past and Present Droughts in Utah: Present Drought One of Most Severe in a Century

Streamflows in Utah are the lowest recorded in nearly 100 years, confirming what most Utahans have known for the past 4 years: the state is in a drought. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) fact sheet on present and historical droughts in the state, however, the unusual aspect of this drought is not its length but its severity.

Date published: May 5, 2003

Earthquake in Central Virginia

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.9 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in central Virginia at 12:32 p.m on May 5, 2003. The epicenter was about 30 miles southeast of Charlottesville, about 35 miles north-northeast of Farmville, and about 35 miles west-northwest of Richmond.

Date published: April 29, 2003

More to Know about Alabama-Georgia Earthquake

To find out more about the 4.9 magnitude earthquake that hit along the Alabama-Georgia state line on April 29, 2003, go to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) Web site General information and maps are featured.

Date published: April 28, 2003

U.S. Output of Mineral-based Materials Stagnant

U.S. output of mineral-based materials remained nearly unchanged at $373 billion in 2002 compared to the previous year according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. The sluggish economy led to the continued low output

Date published: April 20, 2003

Expanding horizons, removing barriers for people with disabilities at USGS

The grand opening of the USGS Disability Resource Center (DRC) will be held Monday, March 24, in the USGS National Center auditorium in Reston, Virginia, at 2:00 p.m. The DRC features the only accessible science laboratory in the Federal government within the D.C. area.

Date published: April 20, 2003

USGS Research Gives Health Officials a Tool for Predicting Water Safety...Forecasting Bacteria Levels at Ohio Beaches

Before you hit the beach, it may soon be possible to check the bacteria beach forecast.

Date published: April 18, 2003

Minor Earthquake Near Athens, Georgia

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in Georgia at 1:04 am EST today. 

Date published: April 10, 2003

2003 Assessment of Oil and Gas Resources in Appalachian Basin Completed

The USGS has just completed a geologically based assessment of the technically recoverable, undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Appalachian Basin Province. This area includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.

Date published: March 4, 2003

USGS Fishing for Success in the Grand Canyon

It’s 6 in the evening on February 12 at a sandy campsite on the banks of the Colorado River in northeastern Arizona. A crew of 18 is assembled 50 river miles downstream of Lees Ferry in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.

Date published: February 25, 2003

U.S. Suffers Largest Earthquake of 2002

The magnitude 7.9 quake that hit Central Alaska on November 3 was the world’s biggest earthquake in 2002, and the largest to hit the United States since 1996 when another 7.9 hit Alaska’s Andreanof Islands.