Skip to main content

Natural Hazards

The USGS monitors and conducts research on a wide range of natural hazards to help decision-makers prepare for and respond to hazard events that threaten life and property.

Filter Total Items: 220

Which country has the most earthquakes?

The answer to this question is not as straightforward as it may seem. In order to most accurately answer it, we will rephrase the question four different ways:For which country do we locate the most earthquakes? Japan. The whole country is in a very active seismic area, and they have the densest seismic network in the world, so they are able to record many earthquakes.Which country actually has...

link

Which country has the most earthquakes?

The answer to this question is not as straightforward as it may seem. In order to most accurately answer it, we will rephrase the question four different ways:For which country do we locate the most earthquakes? Japan. The whole country is in a very active seismic area, and they have the densest seismic network in the world, so they are able to record many earthquakes.Which country actually has...

Learn More

Which state has the most earthquakes that cause damage? Which state has the most earthquakes (not human-induced)?

California has more earthquakes that cause damage than any other state. Alaska and California have the most earthquakes (not human-induced).Learn more: Earthquake Information by Region (scroll down for individual states)

link

Which state has the most earthquakes that cause damage? Which state has the most earthquakes (not human-induced)?

California has more earthquakes that cause damage than any other state. Alaska and California have the most earthquakes (not human-induced).Learn more: Earthquake Information by Region (scroll down for individual states)

Learn More

Where can I find a list of the largest earthquakes in the United States? In the world?

The USGS Earthquake Lists, Maps, and Statistics website has statistics about earthquakes in the United States and the world, including a list of the world's 20 largest recorded earthquakes.

link

Where can I find a list of the largest earthquakes in the United States? In the world?

The USGS Earthquake Lists, Maps, and Statistics website has statistics about earthquakes in the United States and the world, including a list of the world's 20 largest recorded earthquakes.

Learn More

Where can I find a list of the largest earthquakes near my town?

Use our online earthquake catalog to search for past earthquakes in your region. Define your search area by drawing a rectangle on a map or by inputting data for a rectangle or circle.Go to our Earthquake Information by Region website and scroll down to find information about earthquakes in each state.

link

Where can I find a list of the largest earthquakes near my town?

Use our online earthquake catalog to search for past earthquakes in your region. Define your search area by drawing a rectangle on a map or by inputting data for a rectangle or circle.Go to our Earthquake Information by Region website and scroll down to find information about earthquakes in each state.

Learn More

Where do earthquakes occur?

Earthquakes can strike any location at any time, but history shows they occur in the same general patterns year after year, principally in three large zones of the earth:The world's greatest earthquake belt, the circum-Pacific seismic belt, is found along the rim of the Pacific Ocean, where about 81 percent of our planet's largest earthquakes occur. It has earned the nickname "Ring of Fire". Why...

link

Where do earthquakes occur?

Earthquakes can strike any location at any time, but history shows they occur in the same general patterns year after year, principally in three large zones of the earth:The world's greatest earthquake belt, the circum-Pacific seismic belt, is found along the rim of the Pacific Ocean, where about 81 percent of our planet's largest earthquakes occur. It has earned the nickname "Ring of Fire". Why...

Learn More

Where can I find a list of yearly estimated deaths from earthquakes around the world?

Our Earthquake Statistics website has annual totals for worldwide earthquakes and U.S. earthquakes from 1990 to the near-present. Estimated deaths from those earthquakes are listed at the bottom of the charts.The website also has M3+ earthquake counts by state beginning in 2010.

link

Where can I find a list of yearly estimated deaths from earthquakes around the world?

Our Earthquake Statistics website has annual totals for worldwide earthquakes and U.S. earthquakes from 1990 to the near-present. Estimated deaths from those earthquakes are listed at the bottom of the charts.The website also has M3+ earthquake counts by state beginning in 2010.

Learn More

Which states have the smallest number of earthquakes? Is there any place in the world that doesn't have earthquakes?

Florida and North Dakota are the states with the fewest earthquakes. Antarctica has the least earthquakes of any continent, but small earthquakes can occur anywhere in the World.Our Earthquake Statistics has M3+ earthquake counts for each state beginning in 2010.Learn more: Earthquake Information by Region (scroll down for information by State/Territory).

link

Which states have the smallest number of earthquakes? Is there any place in the world that doesn't have earthquakes?

Florida and North Dakota are the states with the fewest earthquakes. Antarctica has the least earthquakes of any continent, but small earthquakes can occur anywhere in the World.Our Earthquake Statistics has M3+ earthquake counts for each state beginning in 2010.Learn more: Earthquake Information by Region (scroll down for information by State/Territory).

Learn More

What are the Great ShakeOut earthquake drills?

The Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are based on scenario earthquakes that could effect the area if they were to actually take place. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. These events are made possible through a collaboration between several agencies...

link

What are the Great ShakeOut earthquake drills?

The Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are based on scenario earthquakes that could effect the area if they were to actually take place. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. These events are made possible through a collaboration between several agencies...

Learn More

Why should people in the eastern United States be concerned about earthquakes?

1) Severe earthquakes have occurred in the eastern U.S.:In November of 1755, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 and a maximum intensity of VIII occurred about 50 miles northeast of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was heavily damaged. Other strong earthquakes recorded in the continental US were centered in southeastern Missouri near the border with Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. In...

link

Why should people in the eastern United States be concerned about earthquakes?

1) Severe earthquakes have occurred in the eastern U.S.:In November of 1755, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 and a maximum intensity of VIII occurred about 50 miles northeast of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was heavily damaged. Other strong earthquakes recorded in the continental US were centered in southeastern Missouri near the border with Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. In...

Learn More

What can I expect in my house when an earthquake occurs? How do I identify it? What can be done?

The contents of your home may be damaged and can be dangerous:Shaking can make light fixtures fall, refrigerators and other large items move across the floor, and bookcases and television sets topple over. IDENTIFY: Look around your house for things that could fall or move.Ask yourself if your cupboard doors could fly open (allowing dishes to shatter on the floor).Is TV and stereo fastened down...

link

What can I expect in my house when an earthquake occurs? How do I identify it? What can be done?

The contents of your home may be damaged and can be dangerous:Shaking can make light fixtures fall, refrigerators and other large items move across the floor, and bookcases and television sets topple over. IDENTIFY: Look around your house for things that could fall or move.Ask yourself if your cupboard doors could fly open (allowing dishes to shatter on the floor).Is TV and stereo fastened down...

Learn More

What do I do AFTER an earthquake?

WEAR STURDY SHOESto avoid injury from broken glass and debris. Expect aftershocksCHECK FOR INJURIESIf a person is bleeding, put direct pressure on the wound, use clean gauze or cloth if availableIf a person is not breathing administer CPRDO NOT attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in further danger of injuryCOVER injured persons with blankets to keep warmSEEK medical help for...

link

What do I do AFTER an earthquake?

WEAR STURDY SHOESto avoid injury from broken glass and debris. Expect aftershocksCHECK FOR INJURIESIf a person is bleeding, put direct pressure on the wound, use clean gauze or cloth if availableIf a person is not breathing administer CPRDO NOT attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in further danger of injuryCOVER injured persons with blankets to keep warmSEEK medical help for...

Learn More

What is the "Triangle of Life" and is it legitimate?

The "Triangle of Life" is a misguided idea about the best location a person should try to occupy during an earthquake. Based on observations of an earthquake in Turkey, the idea doesn't apply to buildings constructed within the United States.Drop, cover, and hold under a table or desk is still the best recommendation, according to the American Red Cross.Learn more:American Red Cross response to...

link

What is the "Triangle of Life" and is it legitimate?

The "Triangle of Life" is a misguided idea about the best location a person should try to occupy during an earthquake. Based on observations of an earthquake in Turkey, the idea doesn't apply to buildings constructed within the United States.Drop, cover, and hold under a table or desk is still the best recommendation, according to the American Red Cross.Learn more:American Red Cross response to...

Learn More