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New Web Tool Available to Monitor Natural Hazards Worldwide

Web site offers real-time data on hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis

Posted: May 25, 2005

A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web site gives users real-time information they can use to locate natural hazards around the world.

The USGS Natural Hazards Support System (NHSS), available on the USGS Web site, is a tool for monitoring and analyzing hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, severe weather, floods, wildfires and tsunamis.

The USGS NHSS offers a one-stop, Web-based portal to current natural hazard information, geospatial data and other data provided directly by expert sources.

Data about global earthquakes, for example, come from the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, weather watches and warnings for North America come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hurricane tracking points and potential impact zones come from the National Hurricane Center, and data from tide-monitoring buoys come from various sources, including NOAA´s National Data Buoy Center.

Text of the USGS press release follows:

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U.S. Geological Survey
Press release, May 24, 2005
[Reston, Virginia]

Use mice to track wildfires, hurricanes, volcanoes, quakes, tsunamis, and floods

A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website supplies users with real-time information to locate natural hazards around the world, all with the click of a mouse.

The USGS Natural Hazards Support System (NHSS) is a web tool that helps monitor, respond to and analyze hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, severe weather, floods, wildfires, and tsunamis. The site is at http://nhss.cr.usgs.gov.

USGS NHSS provides a one-stop, web-based portal to current natural hazard information, geospatial data, and other data directly from expert sources. This web-based synthesis of information provides decision makers and the public with a tool to track numerous natural hazard events across the country and around the world.

"USGS NHSS provides 24/7 access to a variety of dynamic natural hazards information, allowing the public to see what natural hazard events are occurring in near real-time around the world. The wealth of dynamic natural hazards information and geospatial data that comprises the site continues to grow to provide users with more detail," said Jill Cress, USGS scientist and lead of the website.

The website contains dynamic, near real-time natural hazards information from a wide range of sources. For example, global earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 3.0 are being integrated into USGS NHSS from the USGS National Earthquake Information Center; weather watches and warnings for North America are being supplied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); hurricane tracking points and potential impact zones are being supplied by the National Hurricane Center; wildfires are supplied by the National Interagency Fire Center; and tide monitoring buoys from a variety of sources including NOAA´s National Data Buoy Center.

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

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