Photos: Learning from disaster

Photos: Learning from disaster

Summary: Visitors are educated about how scientists study and measure quakes at the U.S. Geological Survey Visitors Center.

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  • U.S. Geological Survey

    The U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif., houses rows and rows of maps of fault lines in the U.S.

  • Globe

    Slips in the earth cause stress to fault lines, ultimately resulting in an earthquake. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey use globes such as the one shown here to study the inner surfaces of the earth and how slips and stresses may occur.

  • Visitor Center

    The Visitor Center at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif., catalogs earthquake surveys from past decades.

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