IRIS Statement on Racism in Geoscience

We at IRIS join our colleagues from across the country and around the globe in unequivocally denouncing racism. BLACK LIVES MATTER. We also know that racism is persistent in STEM and that there are systemic inequalities in academia and particularly in the geosciences. Continue Reading

IRIS Data Services Winter Newsletter

Find out what's happening at the IRIS DMC in the Winter Newsletter! Continue Reading

World Series of Earthquakes

IRIS's World Series addresses regional tectonic forces and resulting recent and historic earthquakes around the world (ex. Japan, Alaska, Peru-Chile, Central America, Mexico, Pacific Northwest). Continue Reading
Earthquake Resources

New Animation! Ghost Forests—Evidence for a Giant Earthquake & Tsunami in the PNW

Ghost forests are part of the evidence that a Great earthquake and devastating tsunami occurred last on January 26th, 1700 in the Pacific Northwest. How do we know this?

New Animation! Tectonics & Earthquakes of the Lesser Antilles

The islands of the Lesser Antilles are formed by the subduction of the North and South American Plates. Much has been learned in the past decades about the affect of the subducting plate.

The mystery of the missing plume head

The mystery of the missing plume head

Did the Hawaiian-Emperor plume record plate motion or change it? New research provides a snapshot of a subducted oceanic plateau that can help scientists disentangling the geography of the geologic past.
EarthScope watches the sky

EarthScope watches the sky

High-latitude seismometers typically tasked with peering inside the earth can also record electromagnetic undulations in the sky.
Former Piece of Pacific Ocean Floor Imaged Deep Beneath China

Former Piece of Pacific Ocean Floor Imaged Deep Beneath China

An international team, including a seismologist from Rice University, published a study that offers new evidence about what happens to water-rich oceanic tectonic plates as they are drawn through Earth’s mantle beneath continents.