September 16th, 2011
10:38 AM ET


Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), specifically the accounts that tweet about #earthquakes.

The @USGS estimates that several million earthquakes occur each year, but many of these earthquakes go undetected because they happen in remote areas or have small magnitudes. The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) locates about 50 earthquakes each day, or about 20,000 a year, according to the USGS website.

The USGS is a scientific agency that studies and provides information on ecosystems and the environment, natural hazards, natural resources, and climate and land-use change. @USGS tweets the latest information on earthquake and aftershock hazards, as well as information on preparedness. @USGS also tweets about upcoming live chats, where you can submit questions to scientists.

The USGS Library tweets about scientific research happening in earth and natural science. By following @USGSLibrary, you can get data on the latest earthquakes and information on how you can request a free copy of the Earthquake Preparedness Handbook.

The USGS is developing a system to track Twitter responses to earthquakes, according to the system's website. Look for more tweets from the USGS Twitter Earthquake Dispatch (TED) to be coming soon.

For a complete list of all official @USGS accounts on Twitter click here.

You can also follow Twitter updates from @CNNLightYears.

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