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Media Advisory: Geophysical Studies Reveal Potential Quake Hazard in Spokane Area
Released: 12/31/2013 3:00:00 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192
Richard  Blakely, USGS 1-click interview
Phone: 650-269-6726

Craig Weaver, USGS 1-click interview
Phone: 206-459-6457

Gerry Bozarth, Spokane EM
Phone: 509-477-7613

In partnership with: Spokane County Department of Emergency Management

SPOKANE, Wash. —Preliminary interpretations of a recent geophysical survey confirm the presence of earthquake faults as well as reveal the possibility of previously unknown faults beneath the greater Spokane area. 

During the spring of 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey undertook an airborne magnetic survey over the Spokane area to help understand the geologic reasons for a series of earthquakes and ground uplift that occurred several years earlier. 


Press briefing to discuss preliminary results of a recent aeromagnetic survey and implications for ongoing seismic hazard evaluations in the greater Spokane area.


Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane County Sheriff & Director of Spokane Emergency Mngmt.

Richard Blakely, USGS geophysicist and lead report author

Brian Sherrod, USGS paleoseismologist, LiDAR expert, and co-leader of the report

Craig Weaver, USGS Pacific Northwest Earthquake Hazards Coordinator

Gerry Bozarth, Spokane Emergency Management


Friday, January 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m. PST


Spokane Department of Emergency Management

1618 N. Rebecca Street, Spokane Washington


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