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USGS to award $5 million in earthquake research

RESTON, Va., USA – Five-million dollars in grants and cooperative agreements are being awarded in 2009 for earthquake research to 84 recipients including universities, state geological surveys and private firms, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced. In addition, applications are being accepted for up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2010.

“These grants underscore once again the importance to our nation of the earth science work accomplished by the USGS,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “Earthquakes are one of the most costly natural hazards faced by the nation, posing a risk to 75 million Americans in 39 states.”

USGS supports research on earthquake hazards in at-risk regions nationwide, including effects from earthquake shaking and the physical conditions and processes that cause earthquakes. The research is helping to better understand how earthquake hazards change with time and to reduce losses through effective earthquake forecasts based on the best possible scientific information.

“These research grants help the government gain access to talented academic, state, and private-sector researchers whose investigations are critical to helping prevent earthquake hazards from becoming disasters,” said David Applegate, USGS Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake & Geologic Hazards.