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The God of Fire July 19, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Science.

Always stumbling across cool stuff on the web. Really.

The U.S. Geological Survey has a couple of web clearinghouses for information on earthquakes. The Earthquake Hazards Program and its offshoot in Northern California, which is especially user friendly. Included are real time maps of seismological activity in the U.S and throughout the world.

Not to be counted out is the USGS volcanological presence on the web.

The Volcano Hazards Program provides links to each of the USGS volcano observatories including those in Hawaii, Yellowstone and famously infamously, the Cascades, near Mt. St. Helens .

The program itself provides loads of information via their web site on broad topics such as risk reduction, volcano hazards and weekly activity reports.

Volcanos abound. The U.S. Forest Service, not to be outdone, operates the Johnston Ridge Observatory. This observatory is just one part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which, in turn is part of the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

By far, the best web feature at Johnston Ridge is the Volcanocam, poised on Mt. St. Helens, still waiting for another big one (or, maybe not).

Really, though, if we’re going to talk about natural disasters how can we not talk about tsunamis. Umm. We can’t. We must address them.

Here in the U.S. we have the reliable (hopefully) Center for Tsunami Research. These folks are working out the details of the science art of tsunami forecasting. Of course, the NOAA has other tsunami activites in those places most at risk for a colossal disaster. In the Pacific (outside of the West Coast and Alaska) the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center serves U.S. interests in Hawaii and various other U.S territories. People on the West Coast and up north need not worry though, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center‘s got your back.

It seems the NOAA has thus far ignored any risk posed to the Atlantic seaboard save some announced intentions (PDF warning), at least based on a cursory web glance. Though, scientists have openly speculated about the possiblity. (and it’s not exaclty implausible, if you know thy history).

All the warning systems in the world won’t save you if they don’t work.

Note: Originally posted here, don’t ask me why I have this problem.


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