January 1997

EQNEWS / Seismo-Watch Newsletter

It is with great regret we must inform you that EQNEWS and the Seismo-Watch Newsletter have been discontinued. It was a difficult challenge and we thought we could do it, but with mounting debt and the production and marketing contractors unable to meet the rigorous demands, we decided it was better to suspend the operations.

EQNEWS was a comprehensive monthly publication of global and regional earthquake activity. It was to continued the tradition where the Seismo-Watch Newsletter left off by striking a balance between quick earthquake reporting, quality news and graphic presentation, and accurate data reporting.

Global and regional earthquake activity was presented in typical Seismo-Watch style with easy to read, high quality graphics and brief summaries about the activity.

EQNEWS featured 16 pages of earthquake news and information with compelling graphics and bullet text. Monthly totals of regional earthquake activity combined with frequency graphs compare past and present activity.

Along with a Global Report, regional coverage include:

  • Northern California
  • Southern California
  • Intermountain Seismic Belt
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Alaska and the Aleutians
  • Western Great Basin and Mammoth Lakes
  • New England and Eastern Canada.

EQNEWS also featured a VolcanoNews Report, describing significant volcanic during the month.

    EQNEWS was to be phased in over the course of three preliminary issues (the magazine covers are shown to the left):

The first issue, Vol. 1, No. 1a, October 1996, was a two-page Flyer used as promotional material and featured the Great Nobi 8.0 earthquake of October 28, 1891, as the Notable Quake of the Month. This Issue was used for promotional purposes and not issued to our subscribers.

Vol. 1, No. 1b, November 1996, featured the fantastic November 10, 1942, Ancash, Peru 7.4 earthquake as the Notable Quake of the Month. It also contained a listing of Mw >6.0 earthquakes between June and November, a summary of notable global and regional earthquakes between June and November, 1996, and an introduction to the NEW VolcanoNews Report. This issue brought the former Seismo-Watch Newsletter subscribers up to date with the notable activity missed during the transition from the Seismo-Watch Newsletter to EQNEWS.

The final preliminary issue, Vol. 1, No. 1c, December 1996, was a 16-page test run of EQNEWS. The featured Quake of the Month was the Wrightwood 7+ earthquake of December 8, 1812. This is a building issue, testing the magazine layout, sizing maps, graphs, and charts so all is ready for the debut issue. Mailing for this issue occurred March 17, a few weeks behind schedule. It was a mighty challenge to put a months worth of data into one publication and extra time was need to assemble all the map templates and page layouts.

The debut issue of the monthly EQNEWS magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1 January 1997 (such that Vol. 1, No. 1 coincides with the first month of 1997.) was to feature the Great Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake of January 26, 1700. This issue was completed and sent to the press, but the printer raised key production issues that needed to be resolved prior to printing, and was returned for reconstruction. The modifications were made but was never printed.

Background to the Seismo-Watch Newsletter

The Seismo-Watch Newsletter was a comprehensive weekly publication of regional and worldwide earthquake information. It was published for nearly four years, beginning in the Spring of 1993, and was discontinued on July 11, 1996. It was an excellent resource for engineers, geologists, teachers and students, or people who want to know when and where earthquakes have occurred. EQNEWS replaced the Seismo-Watch Newsletter in November, 1996, however, failed meet several production requirements and was suspended after only two issues.
The basic concept was to collect seismic data from a variety of earthquake monitoring networks and present their data in easy to read, high quality regional earthquake graphics, tables, and graphs. Brief bullet-type discussions were included to highlight the notable activity, seismic trends, and historic correlations. The Seismo-Watch Newsletter was published on a weekly basis, giving people a quick look at current global and regional earthquake activity.
The Seismo-Watch Newsletter was presented in 8 pages of regional earthquake information and graphics on high quality 70# Gloss paper stock. An additional colored flyer insert on AstroBright colored paper featured more information on earthquake preparedness tips or services and other Seismo-Watch products.
The Seismo-Watch Newsletter celebrated nearly 5 years of publishing. It was hailed by numerous professionals, seismologists, emergency service personnel, and government organizations, as well as the general public, as bridging the information gap between the monitoring networks and the public at large. Key to the Seismo-Watch Newsletter's successful presentation was its objective and professional journalistic approach with no predictions or forecasting.
Unfortunately, Advanced Geologic Exploration was unable to overcome the rising costs for continuing the weekly publishing schedule. And on July 11, 1996, the last issue of the Seismo-Watch Newsletter rolled off the press. Admittedly, it was the best issue published during its regain.

Seismo-Watch Newsletter Archive

The Seismo-Watch Newsletter began publishing on May 24, 1993, with Vol. 1, No. 1. The following is a listing of the Volumes and Issues per date sequence.

  • (Vol. 1, No. 1 - 52; May 24, 1993 - May 18, 1994)
  • (Vol. 2, No. 1 - 21; May 25, 1994 - Dec 28, 1994)
  • (July 26 - September 30 not available)
  • (Vol. 3, No. 1 - 52; Jan 4 - Dec 27, 1995)
  • (Vol. 4, No. 1 - 27; Jan 11 - Jul 11, 1996)

Seismo-Watch Newsletter Archive