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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.

Date published: May 8, 1998

New WWW Site Features USGS Mapping Product Availability

See at a glance where selected USGS mapping products are available. A new USGS World Wide Web (WWW) site now provides online maps showing the available geographic coverage for selected digital and aerial photography products.

Date published: May 1, 1998

First normal flows in 98’— Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River Back to Normal in April

Streamflow in April into the Chesapeake Bay was about 115 billion gallons per day (bgd) and flow in the Potomac River was about 19 bgd, in the normal range for the first time in 1998. Hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey state that, while flows are still above average, they are well within normal expected limits.

Date published: April 25, 1998

Sunny Skies Prevail for Race at USGS Open House

Blue skies and gentle breezes prevailed for the 5k race and 2k fun run that kicked off Open House at the U.S. Geological Survey, Sat., April 25, 1998.

Date published: April 21, 1998

USGS Releases Good and Bad News On Water Quality of Central California

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a series of reports on results of a five-year study on, the quality of water in 20 major basin regions throughout the nation, including the San Joaquin-Tulare Basins, which cover most of central California and are a major source or drinking water for most of the State’s population. The report, "Water-Quality in the San Joaquin-Tulare Basins, California) 1992

Date published: April 21, 1998

Water Quality in Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain Affected by Agricultural and Urban Activities

Water quality is generally good in the Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain but has been adversely affected by agricultural and urban land uses in some areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date published: April 20, 1998

USGS Report: Agriculture and Urban Activities Degrade Water Quality in the South Platte River Basin

Water quality in the South Platte River Basin has been adversely affected by agriculture and urban development, according to the results of a 5-year investigation of water quality by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: April 20, 1998

Explore the Planets at the USGS Open House

Visit other worlds and learn more about the Earth! See part of a famous 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite and learn why scientists believe it fell to Earth from Mars and may contain evidence of past life on the Red Planet.

Date published: April 16, 1998

From the Home Front to the River Front, USGS Updates Bay Area Water-Quality Information

The results of two U.S. Geological Survey water-quality studies in the Lower Susquehanna and Potomac River Basins provide a message that hits close to home for rural residents that drink water from private wells: Owners of rural wells in these two basins, part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, need to ensure their water supplies are safe to drink.

Date published: April 16, 1998

Reduced Nutrients Still Cause Problems in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers

Concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen have generally declined since 1980 in streams draining into the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds in North Carolina but remain high enough to cause water-quality problems in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers, according to the results of a 5-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date published: April 16, 1998

Pounding Out Differences, ITIS Takes Hammer

ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System partnership, will receive a prestigious national award for successfully completing a major project aimed at providing easy access to the first credible database of scientific names of organisms in North America and its adjacent waters. The system also offers information on the origin and general distribution of these biological species.

Date published: April 16, 1998

Five Year Study Completed of Rio Grande Valley

A 5-year study of water quality in the Rio Grande Valley, from its headwaters in Colorado to near El Paso, Texas, has been completed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The study focused on ground water in the flood plain of the Rio Grande and surface water in the Rio Grande and selected tributaries.