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Featured Maps! Natural Hazards

Theme for the week: Natural Hazards

April 4-19, 2019

Here in California, we’re no strangers to natural hazards. In 2018, we experienced earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides, flooding, and heavy storms. As a coastal state, California is also at risk of tsunamis, though the last major one was caused by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake in Japan in which Santa Cruz and Crescent City received the most damage.

Of course, California is not isolated from the rest of the world. Earthquakes generate tsunamis in the Pacific, affecting coastal areas in both Asia and the Americas. Hurricanes in the Atlantic and typhoons in the Pacific cause heavy damage and flooding. Most of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes are part of the Ring of Fire in the Pacific basin. Most of world’s earthquakes also occur along this area.

We have various maps showing the different natural hazards and disasters throughout the world. In our collection, we have aerial photos showing the before and after of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens (also known as Lawetlat’la and Loowit). Our earthquake maps shows subjects such as global seismicity and hazard zones. One of our tsunami maps shows the origin of the waves off shore which then hit coastal regions.

Hazard maps can be used in different ways. For example, they can help people become aware of the potential risks in the areas they live in, or they can be used by companies to adjust insurance rates for certain areas. These maps provide the information that help us learn from past disasters and ultimately help us prepare for the next occurrence.

Come to the Map Collection and look for this sign:


Title: World seismicity, 1961-1969

by National Earthquake Information Center. United States. Environmental Data Service (1970)

Call Number: MAP G3201.C55 1970 .U5

Title: World map of natural hazards

by Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft.; Kartographisches Institut H. Fleischmann (1978)

Call Number: MAP G3201.C1 1978 .W6

Title: Global seismicity and world cities

by National Earthquake Information Center. Massé, Robert P. (1995?)

Call Number: MAP G3201.C55 1995 .N28

Title: A century of great earthquakes, 1897-1996

by Massé, Robert P. Dewey, James W.; Unique Media Incorporated (1996)

Call Number: MAP G3201.C55 1996 .M2

Title: Earthquake risk : a global view

by National Geographic Maps (Firm) National Geographic Society (U.S.) (2006)

Call Number: MAP G3201.C55 2006 .N3

Title: Significant earthquakes 1900-1979

by Nelson, John B. Ganse, Robert A.; National Geophysical and Solar-Terrestrial Data Center.; World Data Center A for Solid Earth Geophysics (1981?)

Call Number: MAP G3201.C55 s30000 .N3

Title: Atmospharische gefahren = Atmospheric perils

by Geiger, Rudolf, 1894-1981 (197-?)

Call Number: MAP G3201.C8 s30000 .G3 no.12 Rolled Wall Map

Title: Natural hazards of North America

by National Geographic Maps (Firm) Carroll, Allen (1998)

Call Number: MAP G3301.E29 1998 .N2

Title: Natural hazards

by Geomatics Canada. Emergency Preparedness Canada.; Canada. Natural Resources Canada (1996)

Call Number: MAP G3401.C1 1996 .G3

Title: Earthquake map of Oklahoma

by Lawson, James E. (1979)

Call Number: MAP G4021.C55 1979 .E2

Title: California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, & Hawaii : Coop’s roadmap guide to volcanoes

by Coop’s Maps (Firm) (2001)

Call Number: MAP G4231.C55 2001 .C6

Title: Mount St. Helens quadrangle, Washington : 7.5 minute series (orthophotoquad)

by Geological Survey (U.S.) (1975)

Call Number: MAP G4282.M6A4 1975 .U6 Aerial Photo

Title: Mount St. Helens quadrangle, Washington : 7.5 minute series (orthophotoquad)

by Geological Survey (U.S.) (1980)

Call Number: MAP G4282.M6A4 1980 .U6 Aerial Photo

Title: Susceptibility to deep-seated landslides in California, 2011

by Wills, Christopher J. Perez, F. G.; Gutierrez, Carlos I.; California. Department of Conservation.; California Geological Survey (2011)

Call Number: MAP G4361.C5 sVar .C3 no.58

Title: Earthquake recurrence intervals in years

by California. Division of Mines and Geology (1971)

Call Number: MAP G4361.C55 1971 .C33

Title: Tsunami hazards

by California. Division of Mines and Geology (1971)

Call Number: MAP G4361.C76 1971 .C3

Title: State of California seismic hazard zones. Oakland East and part of Las Trampas Ridge quadrangles : official map

by Geological Survey of California (2003)

Call Number: MAP G4363.A3C55 2003 .C2

Title: State of California seismic hazard zones.: Oakland West quadrangle : official map

by California Geological Survey (2003)

Call Number: MAP G4364.O2C55 2003 .C2

Title: Natural hazard mapping : Bangladesh

by Bangladesh. Disaster Management Bureau. United Nations Development Programme.; Mott MacDonald International Ltd.; Asian Disaster Preparedness Center.; Graphosman (Firm) (1992)

Call Number: MAP G7646.E29 s1000 .B2

Title: Nihon no kazan

by Ono, Akitsugu (1981)

Call Number: MAP G7961.C55 1981 .O6

Title: Peta daerah bahaya gunung Merapi, Jawa Tengah = Volcanic hazard map Merapi volcano, Central Java

by Pardyanto, Liek. Kusumadinata, K.; Indonesia. Direktorat Geologi (1978)

Call Number: MAP G8073.J5:2M4 1978 .P2

Title: Tsunamis in the Pacific Basin, 1900-1983

by Lockridge, Patricia A. Smith, Ronald H.; World Data Center A for Solid Earth Geophysics.; National Geophysical Data Center.; Circum-Pacific Map Project.; American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1984)

Call Number: MAP G9231.C76 1983 .L6


Map Collection: Location and Hours

The Map Collection room is normally open to the public in the basement (Lower Level) of Shields Library, Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm. However, our hours change around the academic calendar and the holiday season. To see the most accurate schedule, please visit this link: click here.

Contact the Special Collections Department for map related questions by email at or by phone at 530-752-1621.

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