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Media Advisory: USGS and the Government of Afghanistan to Release Hyperspectral Data of Afghanistan

Media Advisory: USGS and the Government of Afghanistan to Release Hyperspectral Data of Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – You are invited to attend a rollout event hosted by the Embassy of Afghanistan at which the U.S. Geological Survey and the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations will release airborne hyperspectral imaging of Afghanistan. This release marks the first time in history that hyperspectral imaging has been collected across an entire country, and the data released will provide policymakers and potential private investors with valuable new information on the identity and location of underground mineral resources, such as copper, iron ore, colored stones and gemstones.

The USGS completed this work in collaboration with The Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines, and the Afghanistan Geological Survey. 


  • H.E. Eklil Hakimi, Ambassador, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Emily Scott, Natural Resources Program Director, Task Force for Business and Stability Operations
  • Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey



The Embassy of Afghanistan

2341 Wyoming Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20008


Tuesday, July 17, 2012; 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Registration is required: Due to limited space and building security, members of the media must pre-register by contacting Kelsey Glover, Media Relations Officer with the Afghan Embassy, at or 202.483.6410 ext. 8002. 

USGS Newsroom

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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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