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March 5, 1996

U.S. output of processed mineral-based materials contributed nearly $400 billion to the Nation’s economy in 1995, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey.

March 3, 1996

A preliminary magnitude 6.6 earthquake occcurred off the coast of Nicaragua, Sun., Mar. 3, 1996, at 11:37 a.m. EST (10:37 a.m. local time in Nicaragua), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

March 1, 1996

Pennsylvania is the first in a state-by-state series of digital topographic

February 28, 1996

Flow of the Potomac River set a new all-time high January record of 34.5 billion gallons per day (bgd), nearly five times times the long-term January average of 7 bgd,in response to the heavy snows and rains that fell month-long, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey. 

February 24, 1996

A preliminary magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred in Mexico at 10:08 p.m. EST (9:08 p.m. local time in Mexico) Sat., Feb. 24, 1996, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

February 23, 1996

The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that killed 6,308 people and injured and displaced thousands of others in Kobe, Japan on Jan. 16, 1995, was certainly the deadliest and most expensive natural disaster anywhere in the world last year, but it was not the largest earthquake of the year, according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

February 21, 1996

Unusually wet winter weather produced some benefits for several thirsty northeastern cities that experienced severe drought during the summer and fall of 1995. City reservoirs that fell to, or very near, all-time lows have recovered to capacity levels according to data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey.

February 2, 1996

Air quality conditions at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remain potentially hazardous today (Feb. 2, 1996) in the wake of an upwelling of molten lava at Kilauea volcano yesterday.

January 25, 1996

Snowmelt followed by rains have resulted in record freshwater inflow to the Chesapeake

January 23, 1996

If the Federal Government shuts down again, I have no idea how I will explain to my employees -- the highly talented and dedicated men and women of the U.S. Geological Survey -- why they are no longer considered essential to the well-being and future of the United States. The problem is, I don’t believe it for a minute myself.

January 22, 1996

Flooding on major rivers in the northeastern U.S. during the past weekend, particularly in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, produced near-record flows according to measurements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

January 19, 1996

The good news is that the slow melting of the heavy snowpack in the Northeast could release millions of gallons of water to help replenish streams and ground-water levels that have been running below normal in many areas of the Northeastern U.S.