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Date published: March 2, 2001

Science, Mitigation Helped Preserve Seattle during Quake

Advanced seismic monitoring, long term research, a commitment to hazard preparedness and mitigation and some good luck all played a role in ensuring that yesterday’s earthquake near Seattle was not more devastating.

Date published: March 1, 2001

Minor Aftershock hits Seattle

A minor aftershock struck the Seattle area early Thursday morning, March 1, 2001. The aftershock, which struck at 1:10 a.m. local time, had a preliminary magnitude of 3.4 and was felt throughout the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area.

Date published: February 28, 2001

USGS Reports Seattle Area Earthquake

A strong earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, struck near Olympia, Washington, south of Seattle, at 10:55 a.m. PST on February 28, 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Date published: February 23, 2001

USGS Study Shows Colorado Plateau Coal Plentiful

A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of the nation’s coal resources shows abundant high quality, low-sulfur coal on federal and private lands in the Colorado Plateau region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The area is also home to vast quantities of coal bed methane gas - natural gas contained in coal.

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Date published: February 22, 2001

National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week 2001

Biological wildfire. The green cancer. For invasive plants, scientists say, these labels may even be understatements since, over time, non-native plant invasions can spread to unmanageable levels, often leaving extinctions and altered ecosystems in their wake. And, they cost the U.S. billions of dollars annually while presenting an ecological threat that researchers say is second only to habitat d

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Date published: February 20, 2001

Twin-engine Airplane to Make Flights Over an Area West of San Antonio, Texas

A twin-engine airplane, operated under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey, will be flying low-altitude geophysical surveys over an area west of San Antonio beginning around February 24, 2001. The survey will cover parts of Uvalde, Medina and Bexar counties. The survey should be completed in about four weeks, weather permitting.

Date published: February 19, 2001

USGS Science Supports CALFED's Restoration Plan For the Delta

Like the Florida Everglades, California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has been radically transformed by human activities. In the past three decades, monitoring programs have documented remarkable declines in living resources from primary producers to fish. 

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Date published: February 5, 2001

High-Tech USGS Maps Being Used to Solve Xiana Mystery

Aerial photographs supplied to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, by the U.S. Geological Survey, are being used to search for the remains of Xiana Fairchild. A child’s skull, which was found near Lexington Reservoir on January 19, has been identified through dental records and DNA tests, as that of the missing 7-year-old Vallejo girl who disappeared in December 1999.

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Date published: January 29, 2001

Crews Working on Oil Spill at USGS HQ in Reston

Environmental clean-up crews are working this morning to determine the size of an oil release that occurred at the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters in Reston, Va., early this morning.

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Date published: January 25, 2001

Got Fish? Already tired of that holiday gift aquarium? Think before you dump and create an even bigger problem.

If the aquarium of brightly colored exotic fish with interesting names like angelfish, swordtail, glow-light tetra, hatchet fish and tire track eel that Aunt Tillie gave you for Christmas is rapidly becoming a burden, think twice before you dump the tank and destroy the evidence.

Date published: January 22, 2001

New USGS Map Will Improve Earthquake Hazards Assessment in the Bay Area

A new geologic map of surficial deposits in the nine-county San Francisco Bay region that can be used to evaluate earthquake hazards has been released in digital form by the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.

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Date published: January 19, 2001

USGS Develops Faster Method for Estimating Streamflows

Estimating streamflows in areas where there are no gages once took days but now only takes minutes, thanks to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, who have developed a user-friendly streamflow-estimating system called "Streamstats."