Newly Published:

Geologic Map of the Shelton Valley 7.5-minute Quadrangle, Mason County, Washington This publication is the result of our yearly 1:24,000-scale mapping efforts throughout the state and provide a detailed level of geologic mapping. Efforts are on-going to completely map the state at this scale. Suggested citation: Polenz, Michael; Allen, M. D.; Legorreta Paulín, Gabriel; Eungard, […]

World Tsunami Awareness Day

In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly designated Nov. 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day, calling on all international bodies, countries, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals to observe the day to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction, both before and after a tsunami. This year, the focus of World Tsunami Awareness Day is […]

Coolest Interpretive Sign in Olympia

Last week, we celebrated the addition of a new interpretive sign at Kettle View Park, here in Olympia. The Geology Division worked closely with the City of Olympia to produce an innovative explanation of the area’s glacial history for visitors. Why the Sign? Located within the Budd Inlet kettle train, Kettle View Park offers proximity to several large […]

October TsuInfo Now Available

This issue of TsuInfo includes articles on: New Without Warning! Tsunami comic released A new comic book, Without Warning! Tsunami, is the latest collaboration by TsuInfo partners to bring preparedness messaging to youth. In 2013, Oregon Office of Emergency Management’s Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator Althea Rizzo approached Dark Horse Comics with a proposal. An avid comic book fan herself, Rizzo […]

Newly Published: San Juan Tsunami Inundation Hazard Maps

Tsunami Hazard Maps of the San Juan Islands, WA —Model Results from a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake Scenario This new publication is part of a collaborative effort to show areas at risk of inundation by tsunamis that are generated from large earthquakes. See other reports and maps on our Tsunami Inundation webpage. For more on […]

Earth Science Week 2016

Earth Science Week kicks off Sunday, October 9, 2016, and this year’s theme, chosen by the American Geosciences Institute, is “Our Shared Geoheritage”. Geoheritage is “the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons and come to this generation to manage, use, and conserve effectively. Geoheritage locations are valued for many reasons, including scientific, economic, […]

Subsurface Database Update

The Subsurface Database has been updated to include new geotechnical borings and quality water wells. This data is useful to anyone interested in subsurface geology. Lithology, layer thickness, USCS classification, links to documents, and other information can be obtained through the attribute tables. This dataset was also updated on the Subsurface Theme of the Washington […]