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USGS Natural Hazards and Public Safety
This USGS portal offers information about the origin, frequency, and distribution of natural geologic hazards and catastrophic events, and the resulting impacts on people, property, and the environment. Featured sites provide user-friendly information and graphics about earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, El Nino, hurricanes, and erosion studies. Information is available about both general topics and specific events, and each site includes additional links to a multitude of other resources within USGS and beyond.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Photograph
    • Video
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
    • Abstract / Summary
  • Portal:
    • Educational
    • Government
  • Services:
    • Ask an expert
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Climatology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
USGS-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain. While the content of most USGS web pages is in the public domain, not all the information on the site is in the public domain. Some images/graphics are used by USGS with permission. For other uses, obtain permission from the copyright holder under the copyright law. Links to any of the Web pages USGS has published on the Internet may be made without requesting permission. Materials used from sources outside of USGS are identified, others are requested to do the same when using information published by USGS. Credit can be provided by including on the page (or via a link to a credits page) a citation such as: Credit: U. S. Geological Survey U. S. Geological Survey/photo by Jane Doe (if the artist is known) USGS/Ft. Collins, CO (if originating office but not the artist is known)
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-408
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Creating Effective Web-based Learning Resources in the Geosciences'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: United States Geological Survey