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Date published: August 10, 2020

Earthquake Forecast for the Salton Sea Swarm of August 2020

A swarm of earthquakes beneath the Salton Sea began on August 10, 2020.

Date published: August 9, 2020

Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Near Sparta, North Carolina

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck near Sparta, North Carolina August 9, 2020 at 8:07 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of about 2.3 miles. The USGS currently estimates there is a from this earthquake.

Date published: August 7, 2020

Low lake water, dry conditions in Newberry caldera the cause of increased sulfur smells?

Field crews set up temporary gas monitoring sensors and sample hot springs and seeps, soils, and areas where sulfur smells were reported. Preliminary data show little change from previous years and monitoring effort will continue.


Year Published: 2020

狠狠噜天天噜日日噜Adjusted geomagnetic data are magnetometer measurements with provisional correction factors applied such that vector quantities are oriented in a local Cartesian frame in which the X axis points north, the Y axis points east, and the Z axis points down. These correction factors are determined from so-called absolute measurements, which are “ground...

Rigler, E. Joshua; Claycomb, Abram E.
Rigler, E.J., and Claycomb, A.E., 2020, Adjusted geomagnetic data—Theoretical basis and validation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1053, 19 p., http://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201053.

Year Published: 2020

The U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model (NCM) is being developed to include spatially varying estimates of site response in seismic hazard assessments. Primary outputs of the NCM are continuous velocity and density profiles from the Earth’s surface to the mantle transition zone at 410-kilometer (km) depth for each location on a 1-km grid...

Boyd, Oliver S.
Boyd, O.S., 2020, Calibration of the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1052, 23 p., http://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201052.

Year Published: 2020

狠狠噜天天噜日日噜Citizen science is science undertaken by the public, usually in collaboration with professional scientific institutions. It encourages citizens to tackle real-world scientific problems and augments traditional science by expanding the coverage of data collection and by reducing costs of fieldwork in remote locations. Information collected by...

Powers, Elizabeth; Williams, Dee
Powers, E.M., and Williams, D.M., 2020, Citizen science collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3026, 2 p., http://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203026.