Welcome to Washington State Geology News

In Washington State we count ourselves fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful and geologically active states in the nation. Our majestic mountains, picturesque volcanoes, rugged coastlines, and hilly terrain are products of the geologic forces that formed them. We can experience their constant evolution through events such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and landslide events, making our landscapes at once magnificent and hazardous. The Washington State Geological Survey is committed to the study and the preparation for potential geological threats. This news page serves as a way to communicate this important work to the public.

With Washington State Geology News we strive to let you know about the efforts of the hard-working men and women of the Washington State Geological Survey. Here we will publish about events pertaining to geology and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, profile our geologists and their projects, and present recurring features, such as highlighting the varied geologic hazards throughout the state. Furthermore, we hope to develop an image gallery showcasing geological wonders of Washington State through the Geology Image of the Month, which will be displayed as our header image for a month before being archived in our image gallery. We would like to encourage public participation in our Geology Image of the Month feature, and welcome well-documented submissions from our readers to use as our featured image. This month’s image of an erupting Mount St. Helens comes from the Division of Geology and Earth Resources image archive.

October is a busy month for Washington State Geology!

  • October 14-20 is Earth Science Week!

Washington State celebrates Earth Science Week 2012. Earth Science Week is an international event organized by the American Geosciences Institute for the geoscience community every October. Click here to see Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proclamation for Earth Science Week.

For additional information, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/index.html

  • October 19 is National Geologic Map Day!

An important highlight of Earth Science Week this year is the first-ever Geologic Map Day, intended to promote awareness and emphasize the importance of geologic mapping to society. This is a mission close to our hearts at the Washington State Geologic Survey, and we invite our readers to experience the latest version of our Geologic Information Portal that was just released last week! The portal (as we call it informally) is our way of distributing digital geologic information compiled by the State of Washington and allows users from novice to advanced levels to explore a wealth of geologic information and to create their own maps. Click on the image below to launch the webpage menu of available portal interactive map themes.

Screenshot of the Washington State Geologic Information Portal
  • October 18, 2012 is the Great Washington ShakeOut!

The Washington State Geologic Survey is endorsing (and participating in!) the Great Washington ShakeOut drill that will occur on 10/18/2012 at 10:18 AM. We will be practicing the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” preparedness measures for a potential earthquake event. For more information and to register, click here.

WA State Geologist, Dave Norman prepares for the Great Washington ShakeOut on the morning of 10-28-2012.