Scientists: Shutdown could hinder evaluation of a Northwest earthquake

10/9/2013 | KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle)

Data measurements and reporting after an earthquake or volcanic eruption in the Pacific Northwest may suffer if the federal government shutdown continues, according to seismologists. U.S. Geological Survey employees who can fix problems with reporting stations and data have been placed on furlough, the scientists said. "At the moment we are quite nervous because we don't feel we can respond like people expect us to," said John Vidale of Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

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