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USGS will use low-flying plane in area starting Saturday

Wed., May 15, 2013, 12:58 p.m.

Starting Saturday, Spokane and North Idaho residents may notice a plane flying very low throughout the area. Don’t be alarmed - it’s a contractor hired by the U.S. Geological Survey to measure the Earth’s magnetic field, according to a USGS news release.

The flights will take place for about a month. The project will “identify hidden geologic features, such as changes in rock types,” the release said. One possible outcome is to map shallow faults that caused a series of small earthquakes in the city in 2001.

USGS contracted with Edcon-PRJ of Lakewood, Colorado, which specializes in this kind of work.


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