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Date published: March 26, 2020

M5.0 Earthquake Hits West Texas, New Mexico Border

On March 26, 2020, a   earthquake struck West Texas near the New Mexico border. Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of 5.3 miles (8.5 kilometers). 

Date published: March 24, 2020

USGS Announces Awards for 2020 Applied Earthquake Research and Monitoring in the United States

狠狠噜天天噜日日噜The U.S Geological Survey announces that the agency will award more than $20 million in 2020 for applied earthquake research, seismic and geodetic monitoring activities in moderate-to-high-risk areas nationwide.

Date published: March 20, 2020

M5.7 Earthquake Felt near Salt Lake City, UT

Updated Forecast Shows 1% Chance of Aftershock Above 5.7


Year Published: 2020

Landslides in Puerto Rico range from nuisances to deadly events. Centuries of agricultural and urban modification of the landscape have perturbed many already unstable hillsides on the tropical island. One of the main triggers of mass wasting on the island is the high-intensity rainfall that is associated with tropical atmospheric systems. Puerto...

Hughes, K. Stephen; Schulz, William
Hughes, K.S., and Schulz, W.H., 2020, Map depicting susceptibility to landslides triggered by intense rainfall, Puerto Rico: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1022, 91 p., 1 plate, scale 1:150,000, http://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201022.

Year Published: 2020

The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) impacts climate and rainfall across the world, and most severely in nations surrounding the Indian Ocean1-4. The frequency and intensity of positive IOD events increased during the 20th Century5 and may continue to intensify in a warming world6; however, confidence in future IOD changes is limited by known biases in...

Abram, Nerilie J.; Wright, Nicky M.; Ellis, Bethany; Dixon, Bronwyn C.; Wurtzel, Jennifer B.; England, Matthew H.; Ummenhofer, Caroline C.; Philibosian, Belle; Cahyarini, Sri Yudawati; Yu, Tsai-Luen; Shen, Chuan-Chou; Cheng, Hai; Edwards, R. Lawrence; Heslop, David

Year Published: 2020

狠狠噜天天噜日日噜The first Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, Version 3–epidemic‐type aftershock sequence (UCERF3‐ETAS) aftershock simulations were running on a high‐performance computing cluster within 33 min of the 4 July 2019 M 6.4 Searles Valley earthquake. UCERF3‐ETAS, an extension of the third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (...

Milner, Kevin R.; Field, Edward H.; Savran, William H; Page, Morgan T.; Jordan, Thomas H