The 1906 Earthquake —The Birth of Earthquake Science
A Moment of Magnitude forAmerica and for Science7
USGS Responds to the 1906Earthquake7-10
A Letter Home and a Look Backin Time:
Firsthand accounts fromsurvivors
America’s Shaky Past:
The Top18 Earthquakes Since 1700
Seismic Technology Evolves intothe 21st Century:
From dragon-heads and toads to geophonesand electronic ampliﬁers, seismicscience has come a long way.
History of the USGS EarthquakeHazards Program
The People Who MakeEarthquake Science Interesting
“Mr. Earthquake” Takes a Bow:
Waverly Person retires after 51years of service.
Mary LouZoback guides the 1906Earthquake commemoration.
Working for a Safer SouthernCalifornia:
What it’s like to be an Earth-quake Scientist:
A Nationwide Notion of Pride:
USGS earthquake scientists sharetheir proudest, most exciting ormost noteworthy career moments.
This DynamicPlanet Map — World Map of Volca-noes, Earthquakes, Impact Cratersand Plate Tectonics
The Present and Futureof Earthquake Science
The world’s source forearthquake information
The Advanced National SeismicSystem:
A Sure Bet for a ShakyNation
Not Just A California Thing:
Theeastern and central United Statesmay be more vulnerable to earth-quake damage than the West.
Taking Seismic Science intothe Third Dimension32
A Guidebook of San AndreasFault Fieldtrips:
USGS geologistPhilip W. Stoffer beat the oddsagainst cancer while writing aguidebook.
Did You Feel It? Citizen ScienceGoes Seismic:
Help the USGS andits partners save lives by loggingin and reporting your earthquakeexperience.
A Profusion of Products:
Experience a virtual tour of the1906 Earthquake. Meet theHayward Fault face to face. Viewthe ground shaking of the 1906Earthquake. The USGS has anumber of exciting events andproducts that commemorate the100
anniversary of the 1906Earthquake.
Earthquakes that Trigger otherNatural Hazards
How the Trans-Alaska PipelineSurvived a Big One
Top 10 Tips to EarthquakePreparedness
“Putting Down Roots in EarthquakeCountry”
USGS stenographer Adelena M. Fontaine. Photo: George R. Davis family.
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