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USC Dornsife geophysicists Meghan Miller and Thorsten Becker conducting fieldwork in Morocco. Photo courtesy of Meghan Miller and Thorsten Becker.

Why Do the Caribbean Islands Arc?

August 20, 2012

The Caribbean islands have been pushed east over the past 50 million years, driven by the movement of the Earth’s viscous mantle against the more rooted South American continent, new research by geophysicists in USC…

Mark Benthien, director for communication, education and outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and executive director of the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), which are both headquartered in USC Dornsife, has been named a White House Champion of Change for his international work. Photo courtesy of John Marquis.

Mark Benthien Honored by the White House

February 10, 2012

The 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake that shook Southern California in 1994 did more than rattle Mark Benthien out of his bed at UCLA. It reaffirmed his commitment to earthquake preparedness. After that quake, which killed…

USC students drop, cover and hold on during a 2010 Great ShakeOut drill on the University Park campus. Photo by Shirley Shin.

ShakeOut Drills Expected to Top 9 Million Participants

October 17, 2011

More people than ever will be crouching under desks at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, as the 2011 Great California ShakeOut gains participants in California and across the country. Registrations from California residents for the…

The Great California ShakeOut

Los Angeles' 8.8 Wake-Up Call

October 15, 2010

"We live in earthquake country and every day is earthquake season." This is Tom Jordan's mantra. The director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) based in USC College notes that while residents elsewhere in…

USC College’s Thomas Jordan was awarded a federal stimulus grant to continue developing the PetaShake Project, a computational research platform designed to support earthquake simulations. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Jordan Receives $1.6 Million Stimulus Grant

October 5, 2009

Thomas Jordan, University Professor and holder of the W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences, was awarded a $1.6 million federal stimulus grant to continue developing the PetaShake Project -- an advanced…

Peers Honor Quake Scientist

Peers Honor Quake Scientist

May 1, 2007

Charles Sammis, professor of earth sciences in USC College, has devoted almost four decades to studying earthquakes. His contributions to the field of geophysical sciences recently led to his being named a Fellow of the…

Next Earthquake Could Cripple Region

Next Earthquake Could Cripple Region

January 10, 2007

The next big earthquake on the San Andreas Fault will be a Hurricane Katrina-like event that could cripple the Los Angeles region for decades, a coalition of experts warned Jan. 9 at USC. The date marked the 150th…

Predicting the Big One?

Predicting the Big One?

January 1, 2006

SCEC Receives $1.2 million to Study Earthquake Prediction By Pamela J. Johnson January 2006 The Southern California Earthquake Center housed at USC College has taken a step closer in gauging when the Big One might strike. …