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Media Advisory: USGS Crews to Retrieve Storm Surge Sensors

Media Advisory: USGS Crews to Retrieve Storm Surge Sensors

In advance of Hurricane Irene, USGS scientists deployed storm surge sensors along the Eastern Seaboard to measure the height and intensity of the storm surge. Over the next several days, USGS crews will retrieve these sensors and begin to analyze the data. The information will help define the depth and duration of the storm-surge, as well as the time of its arrival and retreat. That information will help assess storm damage, discern between wind and flood damage, and improve computer models used to forecast future floods. 

What: Reporters can accompany the USGS crews as they retrieve the storm surge sensors from various locations along the Atlantic coast.

Points of Contact:

  • North Carolina:  Holly Weyers  (919) 571-4048
  • Virginia:  Shaun Wicklein  (804) 399-9929
  • Maryland/Delaware:  Bob Shedlock  (443) 498-5500
  • New Jersey:  Rick Kropp  (609) 771-3901
  • New York:  Jerry Butch  (518) 285-5673
  • New York:  Busciolano  (631) 736-0783 x 104

When/Where: The specific schedules and locations will vary by state depending on flooding and road closures. Contact the state point of contact for more information. 

Additional information can be found on the USGS Preparation and Data Collection Activity for Hurricane Irene, 2011 website

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude ° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude ° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 1970-01-01 00:00:00 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 1970-01-01 00:00:00 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type Type of seismic event.
Event ID Id of event.
Event Code An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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