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Map showing subduction zones around the Pacific Rim. Graphic showing change in topography at the Big Sur landslide, from May 27 to June 13. Photograph of a mosque left standing amid the rubble in Banda Aceh, following the tsunami on December 26, 2004. Photograph by Guy Gelfenbaum, USGS, taken January 21, 2005. Photograph of Charles Lester, Patrick Barnard, Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and Gary Griggs. Big Sur Landslide fly around from May 27, 2017, a preliminary computer animation. The slide created roughly 13 acres of new California land. USGS 'after' image at Big Sur landslide. USGS 'after' image at Big Sur landslide. Photo of USGS research geophysicist Janet Watt giving a public lecture at the USGS in Menlo Park, California, on May 25, 2017. Most recent snapshot from camera two, which looks southward over Cowells Beach.

Just published: “Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide—A USGS Plan to Advance Subduction Zone Science”

New Land Created by Slide on Big Sur Coast is Eroding

Global Tsunami Science: Past and Future

USGS coastal geologist discusses sea-level-rise impacts in roundtable organized by Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Growing media coverage of USGS work on huge Big Sur landslide

USGS maps, measures huge landslide on California’s Big Sur coast

USGS helping to monitor and assess huge Big Sur landslide

Underwater Secrets of the Hayward Fault Zone

View “snapshots” and “time-averaged” images from two video cameras overlooking Main Beach and Cowells Beach in Santa Cruz, California

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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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