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October 25, 1998

Observers of last winter’s El Nino storms along the Pacific Coast who might have compared the intense rainfall to a monsoon were not far off the mark.

April 10, 1998

Properly assessing the impacts of powerful storms associated with El Nino which have brought unprecedented erosion to the United States’ west coast is an enormous task. NASA , the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are combining efforts to provide public officials with the tools they need to accurately assess coastal erosion.

April 1, 1998

USGS is launching a long-term program to study plants, animals and their habitats on federal forested lands in western Oregon. The 10-year program, which begins this summer, is expected to help improve forest management practices.

May 20, 1997

A light-rail tunnel under construction in Portland, Ore., is doing double duty as a site to help scientists learn more about earthquake hazards in the area, according to one of the scientists who worked on the project.

January 3, 1997

The floods have crested and are beginning to recede in most places in the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless dozens of U.S. Geological Survey personnel, who were busy over the holidays measuring the high streamflows and keeping river stage monitors operating, are still busy in the field and in their offices. Field crews have been hampered by mudslides, road closures, and extremely dangerous condition

December 12, 1996

An earthquake generated by two tectonic plates sliding past one another in the Pacific Northwest could be as large as magnitude 9, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.