HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
When the shaking stopped, the work began - for USGS scientists

When their offices and homes began shaking at 5:04 p.m., Oct. 17, 1989, earthquake scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif., were as surprised as anyone. But when the shaking stopped and they realized that this was "a big one," many of those scientists knew that they were beginning the most challenging and rewarding years of their careers. The past 10 years have lived up to their expectations.

In the decade following the Loma Prieta earthquake, scientists from the USGS and cooperating organizations intensified their efforts to help safeguard the San Francisco Bay area from even larger shocks in the future. Some of these future earthquakes will occur closer to the urban core of the region than the 1989 temblor. Although future large earthquakes are inevitable, say USGS scientists, continuing advances in science and engineering afford new avenues for limiting losses and reducing impacts of future shocks.

A fact sheet produced by the USGS to mark the 10th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake highlights the scientific efforts and progress that will help reduce earthquake losses. The fact sheet describes how USGS scientists and personnel from cooperating organizations are working to quantify more fully the earthquake threat to the Bay area, to promote greater awareness of earthquake hazards, and to improve strategies for reducing earthquake losses. Scientists have been pursuing a wide range of investigations from digging exploratory trenches across geologic faults, to measuring the continuous slow straining of the Earth's surface that causes earthquakes, to documenting the intensity and pattern of ground shaking during large shocks. New scientific information and understanding derived from these efforts are incorporated into products critical for improving earthquake safety:

  • estimates of the odds for future large earthquakes
  • building codes that more accurately reflect the shaking that may threaten a structure
    '"/>


Contact: Pat Jorgenson
pjorgenson@usgs.gov
650-329-4011
United States Geological Survey
7-Oct-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Research: Coral reefs decline actually began centuries ago
2. DNA lends scientists a hand, revealing new chemical reactions
3. Conference at UH opens doors for new scientists, engineers
4. Wisconsin scientists develop quick botox test
5. UCI scientists successfully target key HIV protein; breakthrough may lead to new drug therapies
6. Alaska scientists find Arctic tundra yields surprising carbon loss
7. UAF scientists discover new marine habitat in Alaska
8. Information system to help scientists analyze mechanisms of social behavior
9. Zoonotic diseases - European scientists unite to fight diseases
10. Israeli scientists reveal the plan of a key cellular machine
11. Study by Israeli scientists provides insight on DNA code

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/23/2017)...  Hunova, the first robotic gym for the rehabilitation and functional motor ... Genoa, Italy . The first 30 robots will be ... USA . The technology was developed and patented at the ... spin-off Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million euro investment from entrepreneur ... ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... York , April 19, 2017 ... as its vendor landscape is marked by the presence ... market is however held by five major players - ... Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% of the ... the leading companies in the global military biometrics market ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... Fla. , April 11, 2017 ... and secure authentication solutions, today announced that it ... Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop ... Thor program. "Innovation has been a ... IARPA,s Thor program will allow us to innovate ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... 2017 SomaGenics announced the receipt of a ... RealSeq®-SC (Single Cell), expected to be the first commercially ... microRNAs) from single cells using NGS methods. The NIH,s ... accelerate development of approaches to analyze the heterogeneity of ... techniques for measuring levels of mRNAs in individual cells ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... The Pittcon Program Committee ... honoring scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and applied ... the world’s leading conference and exposition for laboratory science, which will be held ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... The award-winning American Farmer television series will feature ... Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. , With global population estimates nearing ... how to continue to feed a growing nation. At the same time, many of ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... The Giving Tree Wellness Center ... the needs of consumers who are incorporating medical marijuana into their wellness and ... , As operators of two successful Valley dispensaries, The Giving Tree’s two founders, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: