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Date published: May 28, 1998

Map of Western Hemisphere Indicates Location of Potential Earthquake Damage

BOSTON -- A new ground shaking hazard map of the Western Hemisphere will show regions of potential earthquake damage, providing a useful global seismic hazard tool for government, industry and the general public.

Date published: May 28, 1998

Models Assess Remedial Actions on Abandoned Mine Lands in Colorado

BOSTON-Cleaning up where the mines left off is where some scientific minds are focused this week. Robert Runkel, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist based in Denver, Colo., will present Modeling the Effects of Proposed Remedial Actions on Stream Chemistry in Abandoned Mine Lands...

Date published: May 28, 1998

Earthquakes Would Rattle Central United States

BOSTON--The bluffs of the Mississippi River -- though they shielded Confederate inhabitants from the bombardments of Yankee gunboats during the Civil War-- will not protect the current residents from the strong ground shaking produced by potential large earthquakes.

Date published: May 27, 1998

Snowmelt models could be very useful this year; USGS researcher explains in Boston

With one of the largest snowpacks on record in the Sierra and average to above-average amounts of snow in the Wasatch Range and Northern Rockies, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are gearing up for a busy June, when much of that snow will turn to water; perhaps too much in too short a time.

Date published: May 27, 1998

USGS Scientist to Present Evidence for Cause of Caribbean Tsunamis a Boston Meeting

The Caribbean is not renowned for its potential to generate the huge waves known as "tsunamis" that often occur in the Pacific. And scientists worldwide refer to them by their Japanese name "tsunami", which means "harbor wave." Yet these long-period waves are not confined to the Pacific Ocean. 

Date published: May 27, 1998

USGS Earthquake Research in the Central and Eastern U.S.— What’s Shakin’

From the Great Plains through the New Madrid seismic zone to the eastern seaboard, the USGS funds research through the Earthquake Hazards Program to characterize and mitigate earthquake hazards.

Date published: May 27, 1998

GIS Used to Catalog and Map the Mars Landscape

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) the "tool of choice" of modern geographers to map natural and man-made features on the earth’s surface, is also being used to depict the surface of Mars, according to astrogeologists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: May 22, 1998

Earthquake in Central Bolivia

A strong earthquake, preliminary magnitude 6.6 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in central Bolivia at 12:48 a.m.Eastern Daylight Time (which is local time) on May 22. The epicenter was about 75 miles (120 km) east of Cochabamba and about 210 miles (350 km) east-southeast of La Paz.

Date published: May 22, 1998

USGS Finds a Balance with "Land and People"

Billions of gallons of underground water have been contaminated, a major wetlands region faces a severe water shortage, and a community is confronted by the potential hazards of earthquakes and landslides. Students are challenged to examine these current environmental issues when using the lessons in the new U.S. Geological Survey teaching packet, "Land and People: Finding a Balance," for high sch

Date published: May 21, 1998

Highlighting USGS Science at AGU

Highlighting USGS Science at AGU

Date published: May 17, 1998

New Estimates of Petroleum Resources of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 1002 Area

A new fact sheet from the U.S. Geological Survey provides results of the latest assessment of petroleum resources in the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including new estimates of how much petroleum may be present. The 1002 area, defined by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, includes most of the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge and covers about 1.5 mil

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: May 13, 1998

Earthquake in Papua

A strong earthquake, preliminary magnitude 6.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea, at 7:02 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 13 (9:02 a.m. May 14 local time). The epicenter was about 75 miles (120 km) south-southwest of Rabaul, on the northeast tip of the island.