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Statement Of USGS Director Chip Groat on 100th Anniversary of Galveston Hurricane
Released: 9/8/2000

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Kathleen Gohn 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4242 | FAX: 703-648-4466

One hundred years ago, the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the United States made landfall in Galveston, Texas. The 1900 Galveston hurricane took at least 6,000 lives and perhaps as many as 10,000.

Hurricanes, like other forces of nature, will always pose a threat. But thanks to a century of improvements in scientific monitoring and in our understanding of how the Earth works, the loss of life from natural disasters has dropped dramatically. The USGS is working with our partners to improve our ability to predict coastal change caused by severe storms. With this information, communities can be better prepared for nature’s extremes.

USGS is committed to providing the scientific information America needs to build safer communities, so that tragedies like Galveston need never happen again.

Chip Groat

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