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Epicenter of magnitude 7.2 earthquake that generated a small tsunami in the southwest Pacific Ocean on August 12, 2016. Tim preparing to launch a personal watercraft equipped with GPS and sonar for mapping the bottom close to shore. Photograph looking north toward the Fairweather Range during 2015 mapping of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault off Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The fault is directly beneath the vessel upon which the photographer, Danny Brothers, is standing. Dan and Jackson work on the research vessel Norseman amid thick fog on Resurrection Bay. They are preparing equipment that will be towed behind the vessel to image sediment layers beneath the seafloor. USGS Scientists Dr. William Waite (Right) and Dr. Pamela Swarzenski making measurements on sediment cores recovered from Indian Ocean during the National Gas Hydrate Program Expedition 02. Photograph of USGS base camp tent pitched on top of 8-month-old tsunami deposit in Icy Bay, Alaska. Conceptual drawing of bottom trawling from a fishing boat, showing a net and metal plate being dragged along the seafloor behind a boat on the surface. Image credit Ferdinand Oberle, 2014. Aerial view taken by a drone of the USGS team sampling seawater for carbonate chemistry along the reef of Kāʻanapali, west Maui.

Christian Science Monitor interviews USGS scientist about earthquake and tsunami in the southwest Pacific

Research geophysicist Eric Geist of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center was interviewed about a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that generated a small tsunami when it hit the Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia the previous day.

Monitoring coastal change on Pacific beaches near the Columbia River

In the last two weeks of August 2016, USGS scientists are set to collect data from Washington and Oregon beaches to monitor coastal changes on Pacific Northwest beaches.

Mapping an offshore earthquake fault in southeast Alaska

The seaward side of this major earthquake fault moves northwest relative to the landward side at an average rate of about 2 inches per year!

Boaters rescued during USGS research cruise in southern Alaska

USGS scientists were testing equipment in Resurrection Bay, Alaska, on August 8 when their research vessel received a distress signal from a small boat about 3 miles away.

Large Deposits of Potentially Producible Gas Hydrate Found in Indian Ocean

PCMSC's Dr. Pamela Swarzenski (above, left) is among the USGS researchers who participated in a cooperative partnership with the Governments of India and Japan.

Studying Recent Tsunami Deposits in Icy Bay, Alaska

USGS scientists study recent tsunami deposits to better understand how tsunamis work, recognize ancient tsunami deposits, and improve natural-hazard assessments.

What a Drag: The Global Impact of Bottom Trawling

Recent research outlines the severe consequences that bottom trawling has on loose sediment on the ocean floor.

Examining the Chemistry of Seawater and Coral to Promote the Health of West Maui’s Coral Reefs

USGS scientists focused on understanding the link between land-based pollutants and coral reef health along the coast of west Maui in the Hawaiian Islands.

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We conduct multidisciplinary scientific research in the coastal and offshore areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and other US Pacific Islands; and in other waterways of the United States.

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