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U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center

January 3, 2020

The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Science Center is to collect a wide range of data on earthquakes, faults, and crustal deformation; conduct research to increase our understanding of earthquake source processes, occurrence, and effects; and synthesize this knowledge into probabilistic seismic hazard assessments, aftershock forecasts, and ground-shaking scenarios for anticipated major earthquakes. We disseminate these data products, hazard assessments, and research discoveries to scientists, engineers, emergency managers, and the public.

With university and State partners, we operate the California Integrated Seismic Network and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, as well as geodetic networks throughout the western United States. We also lead the National Strong Motion Project and the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning (EEW) system; house renowned rock mechanics laboratories and deep borehole geophysics facilities; and conduct extensive geophysical, geologic, and paleoseismic investigations along active faults. We are funded primarily by the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, with additional support from the USGS Volcano Hazards and Energy Resources Programs, other Federal and State agencies, private foundations, and public and private utilities and corporations.

Publication Year 2020
Title U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center
DOI 10.3133/fs20193067
Authors Stephen H. Hickman
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2019-3067
Index ID fs20193067
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earthquake Science Center