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Tsunami threat: giant wave
USC researchers have found a correlation between tsunami severity and the width of the outer wedge — the area between the continental shelf and deep trenches where large tsunamis emerge — that helps explain how underwater seismic events generate large tsunamis. (Photo/iStock)

Tsunami threats are greatly underestimated in current models, new research shows

An analysis of historical seismic events by a USC Dornsife scientist helps explain why large tsunamis still occur after relatively small earthquakes.

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LA water
Having clean water is a primary concern for Los Angeles residents after a major earthquake; USC researchers are working with city officials to improve vulnerable plumbing that could be damaged during a quake. (Photo/Matthew Gush, iStock)

The next big effort in AI: keeping L.A.’s water flowing post-earthquake

Experts at the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society are teaming with city officials to find technological solutions for aging, vulnerable pipelines.

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USC earthquake research
Scientist and engineer Christine Goulet of USC Dornsife and the Southern California Earthquake Center walks closer to a fault in Kern County that shifted after two recent earthquakes. (Photo/Kenneth Hudson, UCLA)

Unshaken: After an earthquake, USC scientists race to its epicenter

Seismologists and engineers unite after a quake to quickly gather information and share it through a statewide clearinghouse that is critical for improving simulations and emergency preparedness.

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Interns at Griffith Park Field Trip
Interns at the Southern California Earthquake Center do research for two months — logging many hours in a lab looking at data and simulations — but also participating in field trips and site visits. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Earthquake Center interns leave lab behind, getting their hands on real faults

The students are spending the summer doing important research at the Southern California Earthquake Center, considered an international leader in earthquake forecasting.