The legislation approved in Congress on Tuesday renews an earthquake preparedness bill that originally passed 40 years ago. The most recent version of the legislation expired nearly 10 years ago.
A backlog of deferred maintenance and a lack of funding, coupled with the extreme environment, have caused some of the seismic monitoring stations to quit working over the past several years.
More than a dozen earthquakes have been recorded in between St. Paul and St. George since Friday afternoon.
Scientists are looking for the slow earthquakes underneath the Aleutians.
State Seismologist Michael West with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center says it’s unclear if the seismic events are related
An “earthquake swarm” is hitting the Brooks Range. Seismologists do not know why it is occurring or if it will continue.
Scientific study of Alaska earthquakes is beginning to ramp up significantly as the NSF deploys a new network of seismic sensors this summer.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has gone up dramatically in recent months. It says the surge in seismic activity is due in part to fracking and that it has increased the danger of a damaging quake in the central part of the state.