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Hi,

I guess this article is all over the news and mentions the federal government; so it may come up in your libraries, too :  

The Really Big One: An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one


Here are the information sources available online from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that I disseminate for earthquake inquiries; mostly to show the public what we do and how the government monitors these hazards : 

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To view the earthquake network stations on Earth : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/

ANSS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/anss/

Global: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/network.php?network=GSN

National Strong Motion Project : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/nsmp/

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Earthquake hazard maps : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/hazards/?source=sitenav

includes: 

custom hazards maps: http://geohazards.usgs.gov/hazards/apps/cmaps/

and 

custom earthquake probability maps for your neighborhood : http://geohazards.usgs.gov/eqprob/2009/index.php


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Largest Earthquakes in the United States: 
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/10_largest_us.php

The second largest earthquake = the Cascadia Subduction Zone (Pacific Northwest) : 

USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1700_01_26.php

Natural Resources, Canada:  http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/histor/15-19th-eme/1700/1700-eng.php


Please note the other large earthquakes in Missouri and South Carolina...

USGS Earthquake "Top 10" Lists & Maps : 
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/


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Structural and Geotechnical Arrays :

List of buildings, bridges, and dams with seismic instruments, United States :  http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/nsmp/structures/


When I help people that seem scared and(or) concerned to travel within the United States, I show them how many sensors are within buildings, as well as the list of buildings, bridges, and dams that government agencies are monitoring.

Center for Engineering Strong Motion Data : http://strongmotioncenter.org/

U.S. Structural and Ground Response Data search : http://strongmotioncenter.org/cgi-bin/CESMD/search1.pl  
- strong motion station maps, Northern California  : http://www.strongmotioncenter.org/LoaderNC.html
and 
Southern California : http://www.strongmotioncenter.org/LoaderSC.html

Earthquakes with Strong Motion Records in CESMD : http://strongmotioncenter.org/cgi-bin/CESMD/iqrEventMap.pl


How to be prepared for earthquakes :  http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/preparedness.php


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Tectonics 

General information : 

What on Earth is Plate Tectonics?  :  http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/pltec/ 

Understanding Plate Motions : http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/understanding.html


Specific Information : 

Cascadia Subduction Zone: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/crust/cascadia.php

USGS reports and journal articles = Cascadia Subduction Zone  : http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/search?q=Cascadia+Subduction+Zone

USGS reports and journal articles = Juan de Fuca plate : http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/search?q=juan+de+fuca+plate


Example USGS publications for outreach : 
 
Averting earthquake surprises in the Pacific Northwest, 1995 fact sheet :  http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1995/0111/report.pdf

USGS earthquake fact sheets online at : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/publications/pubs_factsheets.php 

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There are two types of earthquakes: 

Tectonic: movement of faults 
- example: 

Magmatic: movement of magma  

- example: Cascades Volcanoes Observatory (CVO) :  http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/cvo/

Monitoring Volcano Seismicity: 
http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/methods/seismic/index.php

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An interesting article about the USGS National Earthquake Information Center here in Colorado:

The 24/7 search for killer quakes: Meet the seismologists who work around the clock to pinpoint major earthquakes anywhere on Earth.
http://www.nature.com/news/the-24-7-search-for-killer-quakes-1.17914

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Archived Congressional Hearings related to earthquakes and volcanoes : 

Oversight Hearing on "Examining the Spending Priorities and Mission of the U.S. Geological Survey in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal.”
http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398107

Oversight Hearing on "Volcano Hazards: Exploring the National Preparation and Response Strategy”
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 1:00 PM
http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=397895

Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing - A Review of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
Jul 29, 2014 10:00am
https://science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-research-and-technology-hearing-review-national-earthquake-hazards-reduction

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If anyone in your agency is interested in an instruction presentation on-site here at the Denver Federal Center, I will be starting my outreach program up again this fall after we are finished moving, but I have a ppt that I gave from 2012 on hazards and geology of western US and Canada if you want the pdf... 


Also, if your agency wants a tour of the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), here is the contact information : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/contactus/golden/neic.php



I hope that helps and(or) saves you time searching for our USGS products! 

Enjoy the day!
Emily   



Emily C. Wild
Librarian (Physical Scientist)
U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Library
Denver Federal Center
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