RESOURCES: Quaking 'Round the Clock

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Science  03 Feb 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5761, pp. 585
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5761.585d

This newly upgraded seismic monitoring site from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will shorten the delay for obtaining earthquake data. USGS's National Earthquake Center now has researchers on duty around the clock to help speed measurements to the Web. Before, impatient users sometimes had to wait up to 2 hours after a quake to view online reports, but now information on temblors anywhere in the world will post within 30 minutes, says Webmaster Lisa Wald. Click on U.S. or global maps to find out the depth, strength, and location for events within the past week. Other report features include seismic hazard maps that indicate the peak ground acceleration during the quake. Visitors can dig up plenty of other information on recent and historic quakes. A shake map, for instance, depicts the maximum ground velocity after a magnitude 3.3 temblor last month near Victoria, Canada.

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