USGS Natural Hazards

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has a section on Natural Hazards in which it discusses how every year, natural hazards threaten lives and result in billions of dollars in damage. The USGS work with many partners to monitor, assess, and conduct targeted research on a wide range of natural hazards so that policymakers and the public have the understanding and all of the knowledge they need to enable preparedness, response, and resilience.Through the Natural Hazard programs, the USGS provides alerts and warnings of geologic hazards and supports the warning responsibilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for geomagnetic storms, tsunamis, and volcanic ash.

One part of the Natural Hazards section is the Global Seismographic Network (GSN). The GSN is a permanent digital network of seismological and geophysical sensors connected by a telecommunications network. It provides, worldwide monitoring of the Earth, with over 150 modern seismic stations distributed globally. With real-time information about the status of the GSN stations and real-time recordings, we are able to know where there is seismographic activity all over the world.


2 thoughts on “USGS Natural Hazards

  1. This website is really useful because natural disasters are very harmful. With the information provided, areas that are prone or are expected to experience a natural disaster are able to better prepare themselves for the effects of these events. The monitoring provided on this website can also help direct attention to the areas who need imminent attention after a natural disaster has taken place.

  2. I found this website to be very interesting, especially given the frequency of hurricanes this season. The articles devoted to that subject were helpful in understanding the effects of the storms and how they were assessed by scientists. Additionally, I thought the news section of the site is a great resource to stay up to date on developments in the field of geography. I especially liked how the site compiled stories and articles from other websites and publications into a single collection. This is a great site to consult going forward as the wildfires continue in California in order to stay up to date on any developments.

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