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University of Washington is a key partner in a new NSF-funded seismic research facility

Tsunami evacuation sign alongside a roadwayThe University of Washington is a lead partner for the Cascadia Region Earthquake Science Center (CRESCENT), a $15 million, multi-institution earthquake research facility based at the University of Oregon.

CRESCENT draws researchers from 16 U.S. institutions and is dedicated to studying the Cascadia subduction zone, strengthening earthquake preparedness and fostering community partnerships. Harold Tobin, a professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, leads the UW portion of the effort.

“The main goal of the center is to bring together the large group of geoscientists working in Cascadia to march together to the beat of a singular drum,” said center director Diego Melgar at the University of Oregon. “The center organizes us, focuses collaboration and identifies key priorities, rather than these institutions competing.”

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