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UofO to get quake study grant

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The University of Oregon will receive more than $400,000 in federal funds for research into improving earthquake early warning systems, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced.

“A state-of-the-art early warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis in Oregon and the entire West Coast is a must to save lives if and when disaster strikes,” Wyden said. “I am gratified that the University of Oregon has earned these awards to continue building on its pioneering research to improve this life-and-death warning system.”

Added Merkley, “Oregonians, particularly in coastal communities, have long been preparing for the inevitability of a significant earthquake. These important grants will allow the University of Oregon to continue its innovative work developing the best earthquake monitoring technology for our state and the entire West Coast.”

The awards from the U.S. Geological Survey will provide $283,326 for the school’s ShakeAlert work and another $119,600 for its research into regional seismic networks.

The agency awards are part of about $13 million in funding to support earthquake monitoring networks.

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