As we near the end of the second week of the shutdown of the federal government, it’s fortunate that earthquake activity has been low in Washington state. With one third of the scientists at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network on furlough, the ability to maintain equipment, let alone response and analysis in the event of an earthquake, is significantly hampered, says PNSN Director and ESS professor, John Vidale. Learn more about this situation at this KING5 story.

Additionally, next week is the Great Shakeout, where citizens practice earthquake preparedness. See how you can get involved!