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The Government Shutdown Could Be Skewing The Accuracy Of Earthquake Information

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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."

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