Earthquake Science Center, Menlo Park, CA

The Menlo Park Science Center has been the flagship research center for the USGS in the western United States for more than 50 years. It is the largest USGS research center in the West and houses extensive research laboratories, scientific infrastructure, and library facilities. The Center is strategically located to take advantage of partnerships in one of the greatest geographic concentrations of nationally and internationally recognized Earth science institutions in the world. Scientists in Menlo Park conduct a wide array of both basic and applied science, usually in collaboration with scientists from outside the Center.

  • preparedness handbook coverPreparedness

    USGS handbooks that describe the threat posed by earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay region and explain how you can prepare for, survive, and recover from these inevitable events.

  • earthquake podcastUSGS Earthquake Seminar Series

    Wed September 2, 2015 at 10:30am

    “Physical constraints on earthquake magnitudes: Insights from triggered earthquakes” by Nicholas Van Der Elst, USGS Pasadena

    USGS Evening Public Lecture Series

  • thumbnail image of videoCampus Video Presentation

    This short video gives an overview of the USGS Menlo Park Science Center in California. It briefly introduces you to the San Francisco Bay Area, shows the campus and facilities, and includes interviews with scientists describing their work.

  • probability map2008 Bay Area Earthquake Probabilities

    The probability of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake in the Greater Bay Area is 63%, about 2 out of 3, in the next 30 years.