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Seismically Active Zones in the Arctic

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Geology and Geophysics site, this article entitled "Seismically Active Zones in the Arctic," by G.P. Avetisov, is a recent translation and update of a work previously available only in Russian. The article "contains and provides an analysis of the information on the history of seismic research into the Arctic, distribution of the...
Seattle Cleans Up

Although the damage from Wednesday's earthquake has been estimated at $2 billion, many in Seattle and western Washington feel rather lucky. The 6.8-magnitude quake has been linked to only one death (a heart attack), and the physical damage could have been considerably worse. Experts attribute the relatively moderate damage to the fact that the quake began 30 miles underground and to the retrofit...
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

A national, nonprofit technical society, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) was founded in 1949 and aims to "reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering." EERI's searchable site contains news, timely information, and documents pertaining to earthquakes and related engineering issues. Highlights include the reconnaissance reports with...
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

This site serves as a portal to all US Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake information, both real-time and historic. At the site, visitors can find information on past, present, and predicted future earthquake activity; access a range of publications, maps, and fact sheets; use a number of earthquake education activities; link to various earthquake research centers; and read in-depth information...
A Policy Guide to Steel Moment-Frame Construction

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes available online the findings and recommendations from a FEMA-sponsored study of steel-frame buildings initiated in the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake (.pdf). The project was conducted by the SAC Joint Venture (the Structural Engineers Association of California, the Applied Technology Council, and California Universities for Research in...
Earthquake Research Reveals New Information

This brief, three-part report focuses on NSF-sponsored earthquake safety projects. The first section is on the Simmillennium Project, which investigates computer earthquake modeling techniques. The second section concentrates on hospitals, which are particularly difficult to retrofit for earthquake safety because of the sophisticated diagnostic and treatment systems they contain. The report also...
The Live Internet Seismic Server

As part of the US Geological Survey, the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory is responsible for installing and maintaining a global network of seismograph stations and collecting and distributing the data produced by these stations. The Live Internet Seismic Server (LISS) Web site provides this data free to the public from over fifty stations around the globe and is updated every 30 minutes. The...
Earthquake Hazards Program: NEIC Near Real Time Earthquake List

The United States Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center site offers readers near real time updates of seismological events worldwide. As one can gather from a glimpse at the report, our planet is in a near constant state of geophysical change and upheaval, given the numerous earthquakes registered on a daily basis by the NEIC, sometimes up to a dozen or more. Readers will...
US Geological Survey: National Earthquake Information Center

The National Earthquake Information Center offers a searchable database, near real-time earthquake coordinate information, and global seismograph station information, among other resources.
Seismic Waves

The first site for this Topic in Depth comes from the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences at Michigan Technological University and is called What Is Seismology? (1). The site describes the basics of seismology, the various types of waves associated with it, and even contains a link that shows you how to make your own P and S waves. Next is the Earthquakes Overview site (2...
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