Earthquake Hazards Program


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Date published: February 13, 2016

Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake in Oklahoma

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck in Oklahoma on February 13, 2016 at 11:07:06 am local time.

Date published: February 1, 2016

Global Earthquake Numbers on Par for 2015

Globally there were 14,588 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater in 2015. This worldwide number is on par with prior year averages of about 40 earthquakes per day of magnitude 4.0, or about 14,500 annually. The 2015 number may change slightly as the final results are completed by seismic analysts at the NEIC in Golden, Colorado.

Date published: October 14, 2015

Media Advisory and Photo Op: USGS Employees Get Ready to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!” in the Great ShakeOut

MENLO PARK, Calif. — U.S. Geological Survey employees in Menlo Park, Calif. will participate in an earthquake safety drill, and test their emergency response plan as part of the Great ShakeOut on Oct. 15, an annual day of action to practice how to protect yourself from an earthquake.

Date published: September 28, 2015

Join America’s PrepareAthon! Practice what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency.

Join millions of people participating in America’s PrepareAthon! on Sept. 30. This campaign encourages the nation to conduct drills, discussions and exercises to practice what to do before, during and after a disaster or emergency strikes.

Date published: July 27, 2015

Media Advisory: Cascadia Quake and Orphan Tsunami — Public Lecture

One winter's night in the year 1700, a mysterious tsunami flooded fields and washed away houses in Japan. It arrived without the warning that a nearby earthquake usually provides.

Date published: March 30, 2015

USGS Seeks Proposals for Earthquake Science

The U.S. Geological Survey expects to award up to $7 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2016.

Date published: March 10, 2015

New Long-Term Earthquake Forecast for California

A new California earthquake forecast by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners revises scientific estimates for the chances of having large earthquakes over the next several decades. 

Date published: March 6, 2015

Reawakened Oklahoma Faults Could Produce Larger Future Events

Reactivated faults that have produced thousands of Oklahoma earthquakes are capable of causing larger seismic events, according to U.S. Geological Survey research published today in Geophysical Research Letters.

Date published: January 7, 2015

Fewer Large Earthquakes in 2014

While the number of large earthquakes fell to 12 in 2014, from 19 in 2013, several moderate temblors hit areas relatively new to seismicity, including Oklahoma and Kansas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Worldwide, 11 earthquakes reached magnitude 7.0-7.9 and one registered magnitude 8.2, in Iquique, Chile, on April 1.

Date published: October 15, 2014

Media Advisory: Washington National Cathedral to Host Earthquake Experts

Three years after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused $25 million worth of damage to its pinnacles, buttresses and ceilings, the Washington National Cathedral will host earthquake experts from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.