March 05, 2019

Wyden, Merkley: UO to Get More Than $400,000 for Earthquake Research

USGS funds go toward improving earthquake early warning systems

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

“A state-of-the-art early warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis 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.”

“Oregonians, particularly in coastal communities, have long been preparing for the inevitability of a significant earthquake,” Merkley said. “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 (USGS) to the University of Oregon will provide $283,326 for the school’s ShakeAlert work and another $119,600 for its research into regional seismic networks.

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