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California Receives Federal Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

Posted by A. Ling, 12/15/2014

The Los Angeles Times (and the Seattle Times reporduces it) has a report on the appropriation of $5 million federal funding for earthquake early warning system (EEW) along the West Coast. California should begin to roll out EEW next year. Tom Banse of NW News Network interviews USGS geophysicist Doug Given and PNSN director John Vidale about the future EEW funding and development. 

Could More Instruments Warn of Northwest Mega-quake?

Posted by A. Ling, 12/04/2014

Glenn Farley of KING 5 is following up on Tom Banse's article about Obana et al. in BSSA. PNSN Director John Vidale talked about monitoring mega-earthquake in the Pacific Northwest on King 5 News.

Eerie Quiet at NW Fault Where 'Big One' May Shake

Posted by A. Ling, 12/02/2014

It has been three centuries since the last Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, which happened in January 1700. People wonder if the 'Big One' is coming soon. KOMO News has a report on an article in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America with results of ocean-bottom seismometer monitoring of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The lack of interplate seimicity indicates that the dangerous Cascadia fault zone is completely locked. The release of this storing energy in the lock zone may lead to a big earthquake in the PNW. 

Location of Washington 1872 Earthquake Deduced

Posted by A. Ling, 11/23/2014

The Seattle Times: USGS scientists think they've discovered the fault responsible for an 1872 earthquake that was one of Washington’s largest.

Introducing The 10 Second Earthquake Warning App

Posted by A. Ling, 11/18/2014

What would you do if you were alerted 10 seconds before an earthquake hits? This fun video may give you some ideas.

Ongoing intense earthquake swarm on Oregon-Nevada border

Posted by S. Malone, 11/08/2014

The Celebrity Examiner and Oregon Public Broadcasting have brief stories on the ongoing swarm just south of the Oregon-Nevada border.  Even though this swarm is officially in Nevada's reporting region earthquakes in it are reported on the PNSN earthquake map and show up on many PNSN seismic stations in the area.

Here are the news releases on Nevada swarm from Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and Nevada Seismological Laboratory at University of Nevada, Reno.

Earthquake Safety Comic: "Without Warning!"

Posted by A. Ling, 10/31/2014

"Without Warning!" tells the story of Cascadia High School student, Angie as she must go rescue her little sister after a large Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The stroy also provide some tips to help you prepare for earthquakes and tsunmais. This publication is a partnership between Dark Horse Comics and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) with support from Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Volcanic eruptions in the Pacific Northwest could happen without warning

Posted by A. Ling, 09/29/2014

Mount Ontake in Japan erupted without warning on Saturday. UW geologist George Bergantz explains the sudden eruption of Japan's Mount Ontake on King 5 news. This type of eruption, known as phreatic eruption, is uncommon, but it could happen in Washington.

10 seconds of early warning for last weeks California earthquake

Posted by S. Malone, 09/01/2014

The Contra Costa Times and the Los Angeles Times have brief articles on the success of the California earthquake early warning system for last week's Mag=6 Napa Valley event.

Mag 6.0 Earthquake in California this morning

Posted by S. Malone, 08/24/2014

The Seattle Times has a lengthy story on the M=6.0 earthquake in the Napa Valley area of northern California this morning. There is a good scientific tectonic summary by the US Geologic Survey.

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