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New Jersey Hazard Information

A major goal of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is to reduce the vulnerability of the people and areas most at risk from natural hazards. Working with partners throughout all sectors of society, the USGS provides information, products, and knowledge to help citizens, emergency managers, and policy makers decide how to react to each hazard and how to safeguard society. The New Jersey Water Science Center's robust monitoring networks provide the fundamental information needed to accurately predict and characterize hazards, as well as information vital to response and recovery efforts.

New Jersey Hazards

Floods

Relatively high streamflows that overflow the natural or artificial banks of a stream or that submerge land not normally below the water level.

Droughts

Conditions of moisture deficit sufficient to have an adverse effect on streamflow, groundwater levels, vegetation, animals, and man over a sizeable area.

Earthquakes

Ground shaking caused by the sudden release of accumulated strain by an abrupt shift of rock along a fracture in the Earth or by volcanic or magmatic activity, or other sudden stress changes in the Earth.

Landslides

Falling, toppling, sliding, spreading, or flowing of materials in a downward and outward slope-forming movement.

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