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.

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 : 


To view the earthquake network stations on Earth :



National Strong Motion Project :


Earthquake hazard maps :


custom hazards maps:


custom earthquake probability maps for your neighborhood :


Largest Earthquakes in the United States:

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


Natural Resources, Canada:

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

USGS Earthquake "Top 10" Lists & Maps :


Structural and Geotechnical Arrays :

List of buildings, bridges, and dams with seismic instruments, United States :

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 :

U.S. Structural and Ground Response Data search :  
- strong motion station maps, Northern California  :
Southern California :

Earthquakes with Strong Motion Records in CESMD :

How to be prepared for earthquakes :



General information : 

What on Earth is Plate Tectonics?  : 

Understanding Plate Motions :

Specific Information : 

Cascadia Subduction Zone:

USGS reports and journal articles = Cascadia Subduction Zone  :

USGS reports and journal articles = Juan de Fuca plate :

Example USGS publications for outreach : 
Averting earthquake surprises in the Pacific Northwest, 1995 fact sheet :

USGS earthquake fact sheets online at : 


There are two types of earthquakes: 

Tectonic: movement of faults 
- example: 

Magmatic: movement of magma  

- example: Cascades Volcanoes Observatory (CVO) :

Monitoring Volcano Seismicity:


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.


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.”

Oversight Hearing on "Volcano Hazards: Exploring the National Preparation and Response Strategy”
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 1:00 PM

Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing - A Review of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
Jul 29, 2014 10:00am


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 :

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

Enjoy the day!

Emily C. Wild
Librarian (Physical Scientist)
U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Library
Denver Federal Center
ph: (303) 236-1003
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