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An assessment of seismic monitoring in the United States; requirement for an Advanced National Seismic System

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This report assesses the status, needs, and associated costs of seismic monitoring in the United States. It sets down the requirement for an effective, national seismic monitoring strategy and an advanced system linking national, regional, and urban monitoring networks. Modernized seismic monitoring can provide alerts of imminent strong earthquake shaking; rapid assessment of distribution and severity of earthquake shaking (for use in emergency response); warnings of a possible tsunami from an offshore earthquake; warnings of volcanic eruptions; information for correctly characterizing earthquake hazards and for improving building codes; and data on response of buildings and structures during earthquakes, for safe, cost-effective design, engineering, and construction practices in earthquake-prone regions.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
An assessment of seismic monitoring in the United States; requirement for an Advanced National Seismic System
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
1188
ISBN:
0607929324
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1999
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
55 p.