The Government Shutdown Could Be Skewing The Accuracy Of Earthquake Information

About that…..

Last night, a small 3.1 magnitude earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area.

Via earthquake.usgs.gov

ID: 1765695

Many people immediately went to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website to get information. It was there.

Via earthquake.usgs.gov

ID: 1765702

But people quickly noticed this message at the top of the page.

Uh oh. Via earthquake.usgs.gov

ID: 1765706

When I called the USGS to ask about any “accuracy or timeliness” being hit by the shutdown, I got an automatic message that said, “Due to a lapse in appropriations, we are prohibited from conducting work as a federal employee, including returning phone calls and emails until further notice.” Two phone numbers were given in case the call was for “urgent matters about protecting life and property.”

ID: 1766010

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