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Date published: March 7, 1996

Citizen Achievement Award Goes to William R. Walker, Virginia Water Expert

William R. Walker, of Blacksburg, Va., internationally recognized water-resources engineer and educator, will be presented the U.S. Geological Survey’s John Wesley Powell Award for Citizen Achievement at the Ninth Annual Virginia Water Conference, at the Ingleside Resort, in Staunton, Va., Tues., Mar. 12, 1996.

Date published: March 5, 1996

Potomac River Flow Above Normal In February

Flow of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., was above normal in February, continuing the trend of above normal flow that began in January in response to snow and rain, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Date published: March 5, 1996

First Report Card On Mineral Industry, 1995

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.

Date published: March 3, 1996

Nicaragua Earthquake

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.

Date published: March 1, 1996

USGS Maps Now Available On CD-ROM

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

Date published: February 28, 1996

Potomac Flow Sets New January Record, Flow Below Normal In 1995

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. 

Date published: February 24, 1996

Mexico Earthquake

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.

Date published: February 23, 1996

Kobe Earthquake Was Deadliest, But Not Largest In '95

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.

Date published: February 21, 1996

Wet Winter Replenishes Drought Stressed Reservoirs — Snow Not All Bad

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.

Date published: February 2, 1996

Seismic Crisis Over, But Hazards Remain At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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.

Date published: January 25, 1996

Chesapeake Bay Inflow Set January Record

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

Date published: January 23, 1996

How Do I Tell My Employees They Are Not Essential

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.