Reston, USA, 26 July 2006 – To help educate the public about the threat of natural hazards, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has launched a new Website and seven easy-to-understand fact sheets on earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildfires.
The hazards website highlights resources and information available from the USGS and provides links to the individual hazards Web pages for more detailed information. The website and fact sheets can be accessed at https://www.usgs.gov/hazards.
The USGS has the lead federal responsibility to provide notifications to the public about earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides. These notifications enhance public safety and reduce losses through effective forecasts and warnings based on the best possible scientific information. The USGS plays a supportive role to other federal agencies for flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, tsunamis and coastal storms.