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Date published: April 8, 1997

Large Earthquakes Are Hazards to be Reckoned With in Hawaii; Could Affect Building Codes, According to USGS Researcher

The term "geologic hazards" in Hawaii generally means volcanic eruptions and lava flows. A hazard that might not come to mind is the possibility of earthquakes, as large as magnitude-eight, under the flanks of the active volcanoes, according to Fred Klein, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

Date published: April 1, 1997

Aluminum to Zirconium... New Report Card On Nation’s $400 Billion Minerals Industry

U.S. output of mineral-based materials contributed nearly $400 billion to the nation’s economy in 1996, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 18, 1997

Public Invited to Tour New Science Building at U of A

Following the official dedication Friday morning, March 21, 1997, of the University of Arizona’s new Environment and Natural Resources Building, the public is invited to tour the facility on the campus at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Park Avenue.

Date published: March 18, 1997

Media Advisory: USGS To Dedicate New Offices of U of A Campus

You no doubt are already aware of the March 21, 1997 dedication ceremony for the University of Arizona’s new Environmental and Natural Resources building at 520 North Park Avenue in Tucson. The building will be occupied by the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Weather Service, and U of A students.

Date published: March 18, 1997

USGS Has Deep and Diverse Roots in Arizona

The presence of the U.S. Geological Survey in the University of Arizona’s Environment and Natural Resources Building marks the latest chapter in the USGS’s long association with the University and the study of earth sciences in Arizona.

Date published: March 17, 1997

USGS Renews Cooperative Agreement With USC

A cooperative agreement with the University of Southern California (USC) for the operation of the Southern California Earthquake Center has been renewed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 7, 1997

Value, Status and Function of Nation’s Wetlands Detailed in State-by-State Report

The role of wetlands in providing habitat for wildlife, reducing floods and erosion and improving water quality is documented as part of a comprehensive state-by-state assessment of the nation’s wetlands compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 5, 1997

World’s Earthquake Toll Already Exceeds All of Last Year

Earthquakes in Iran and Pakistan have already pushed the death toll for this year higher than all of 1996, according to Patrick Leahy, Chief Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 4, 1997

Floods Continue To Be National Challenge

"We are proud of our role as one of the primary federal agencies that worked hard with many others to help save billions of dollars in flood damage in the Pacific Northwest during last year’s flooding," said Dr. Robert Hirsch, Chief Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in testimony today (Mar. 4, 1997) before the House Subcommittee on Water and Power.

Date published: February 27, 1997

1997 Marks 25th Anniversary of "Year of the Floods"

Since the devastating floods of 1972 that took nearly 500 lives, the human toll has declined in the United States, thanks in part to advances in science and technology as well as better partnerships among local, state and federal agencies working together to provide advance warnings to citizens.

Date published: February 18, 1997

Lecture: — Living With Geologic Hazards in San Mateo


Date published: February 13, 1997

Alaska and Washington Yield Largest U.S. Earthquakes. . . Most Significant Earthquakes of ’96 Rattle China, Indonesia

China and Indonesia suffered the deadliest and most destructive earthquakes in 1996, while the U.S. remained relatively quiet according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. The last deadly earthquake in the U.S. was the 1994 Northridge, Calif., quake that took 60 lives.