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The USGS monitors and reports on earthquakes, assesses earthquake impacts and hazards, and conducts targeted research on the causes and effects of earthquakes. We undertake these activities as part of the larger National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), a four-agency partnership established by Congress.

Latest Earthquakes

Latest Earthquakes

Latest earthquakes map and list (past 24 hours, M2.5+) from the ANSS (Advanced National Seismic System). Check out the new interface! (7/27/20)

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Listening to the Earth at the South Pole

Listening to the Earth at the South Pole

If you want to listen to the softest whispers of the Earth, the South Pole is where you want to be. Seismic station, QSPA has been allowing us to eavesdrop on the Earth for over six decades, and it may soon gain the equivalent of hearing aids.

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Alaska Peninsula Earthquake Sequences of 2020-2021

Alaska Peninsula Earthquake Sequences of 2020-2021

Explore this interactive geonarrative summary of the earthquake sequence in the Alaska Peninsula during 2020 and 2021.

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News

Date published: November 5, 2021

First Draft of the SZ4D Implementation Plan

Members of the Subduction Zones in 4-Dimensions (SZ4D) initiative are pleased to present to you the first draft of the SZ4D implementation plan.

Date published: October 14, 2021

ShakeOut 2021: Earthquake Awareness Enables Community Preparedness

Get ready to shake it like it’s real! ShakeOut 2021:  Drop (or Lock), Cover, and Hold On!

Publications

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Year Published: 2022

Evidence-based guidelines for protective actions and earthquake early warning systems

Earthquake early warning systems (EEW) are becoming increasingly available or in development throughout the world. With public alerting in Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, and parts of the United States, it is important to provide evidence-based recommendations for protective action so people can protect themselves when they receive an alert. Best-practice...

McBride, Sara K.; Smith, Hollie; Morgoch, Meredith; Sumy, Danielle; Jenkins, Mariah; Peek, Lori; Bostrom, Ann; Baldwin, Dare; Reddy, Beth; de Groot, Robert M.; Becker, Julia; Johnston, David; Wood, Michelle

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Year Published: 2021

The HayWired Earthquake Scenario—Societal Consequences

The HayWired earthquake scenario, led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), anticipates the impacts of a hypothetical moment magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. The fault runs along the east side of California’s San Francisco Bay and is among the most active and dangerous in the United States, passing through a densely urbanized and...

Wein, Anne M.; Jones, Joseph L.; Johnson, Laurie A.; Kroll, Cynthia; Strauss, Jennifer A.; Witkowski, David; Cox, Dale A.
Wein, A.M., Jones, J.L., Johnson, L.A., Kroll, C., Strauss, J., Witkowski, D., Cox, D.A., 2021, The HayWired Earthquake Scenario—Societal Consequences: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3054, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213054.

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Year Published: 2021

Modeling seismic network detection thresholds using production picking algorithms

Estimating the detection threshold of a seismic network (the minimum magnitude earthquake that can be reliably located) is a critical part of network design and can drive network maintenance efforts. The ability of a station to detect an earthquake is often estimated by assuming the spectral amplitude for an earthquake of a given size, assuming an...

Wilson, David C.; Wolin, Emily; Yeck, William L.; Anthony, Robert E.; Ringler, Adam T.