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Seismicity in West Virginia and the Region


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Did you feel an earthquake?Latest EarthquakesMap of Earthquake EpicentersView Signals for Local Seismic StationsUSGS Info for WVRecent Significant Earthquakes in Our RegionNeighboring States' Seismic Information

Did you feel an earthquake?

Did you feel it?
Did you just feel some kind of ground movement? A shaking, jolt, or swaying motion? Report it to the United States Geological Survey for investigation here. In each case, they will record your input. If it's large enough or if a number of people report the same event, the USGS will examine local seismic records to determine a location and magnitude.

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Latest Earthquakes in the State (click image for more detail)

image of map and information pertaining to the May 11, 2017 Pennsylvanian earthquake Thursday, May 11, 2017, West Liberty, WV (area) - 2:53 AM (EDT)
Magnitude: 2.1 Ml
Hypocentral Depth: 2.1 Magnitude - 1.0 km (0.6 miles), +/- 31.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.1 Mag. ld60134771
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60134771#tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 5/11/2017): 2.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.19 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the August 6, 2016 earthquake Saturday, August 6, 2016, near Mt. Gay-Shamrock, WV, 8:39 AM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 2.31 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 3.97 km (2.9 miles), +/- 2.7 km error
USGS Event ID: se6002913
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60029113#tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 8/10/16): USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 708 KB)

image of map and information pertaining to the January 17, 2016 earthquake Friday, January 17, 2016, near Bolivar, WV, 2:12 PM (EST)  
Magnitude: 3.0 Ml
Hypocentral Depth: 4.74 km (2.9 miles), +/- 3.0 km error
USGS Event ID: ld60108801
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60108801#impact_dyfi (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 1/22/16): USGS Event Page, Lamont-Doherty Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.17 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the June 6, 2014 earthquake Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:15 PM (EDT)
Magnitude: 2.6 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 29.6 km (18.4 miles), +/- 0.9 km error
USGS Event ID: se060714a
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se060714a#dyfi_form (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 6/9/4): USGS Event Page, CERI Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.09 KB)

image of map and information pertaining to the October 19, 2013 earthquake Sunday, October 19, 2013, 4:41 AM (EDT)
Magnitude: 2.2 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 8.2 km (5.1 miles), +/- 2.6 km error
USGS Event ID: se101913a
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se101913a#dyfi_form (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 10/23/13): USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 547 KB)

image of map and information pertaining to the October 13, 2013 earthquake Sunday, October 13, 2013, 5:20 AM (EDT)
Magnitude: 2.2 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.8 km (1.7 miles), +/- 3.7 km error
USGS Event ID: se101313a
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se101313a#dyfi_form (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 10/15/13): USGS Event Page, LDEO Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 470 KB)

image of map and information pertaining to the three recent West Virginia earthquakes, 2013 Download a poster (WVGES Document pdf icon PDF, 3.55 MB) featuring information on the 7/20/2013, 7/30/2013 and 8/16/2013 earthquakes in Gilmer County.

image of map and information pertaining to the August 16, 2013 earthquake Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:02 AM (EDT)
Magnitude: 2.6 MbLg
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 km (3.8 miles), +/- 3.4 km error
USGS Event ID: se081613a
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se081613a#dyfi_form (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 8/1/13): USGS Event Page, LDEO Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.02 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the July 20, 2013 earthquake Saturday, July 20, 2013, 7:38 AM (EDT)
Magnitude: 2.7 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 21.2 km (13.2 miles), +/- 2.7 km error
USGS Event ID: se072013a
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se072013a#dyfi_form
Further Information (as of 8/1/13): USGS Event Page, LDEO Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 991 KB)
image of map and information pertaining to the July 30, 2013 earthquake Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 2:09 AM (EDT)
Magnitude: 2.8 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 12.7 km (7.9 miles), +/- 2.6 km error
USGS Event ID: se073013a
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se073013a#dyfi_form
Further Information (as of 8/1/13): USGS Event Page, LDEO Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 990 KB)

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Latest Notable Earthquakes Worldwide (click image for more detail)

image of map and information pertaining to the May 8, 2017 Alaskan earthquake Monday, May 8, 2017, Tanaga Volcano, Alaska - 1:00 PM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 6.2 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.2 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.2 Mag. us10008qhu
Further Information (as of 5/09/2017): 6.2 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 896 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 8, 2017 Japanese earthquake Monday, May 8, 2017, Harara, Japan - 9:54 PM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us10008qnw
Further Information (as of 5/09/2017): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 825 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 9, 2017 Vanuatuan earthquake Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Port-Olry, Vanuatu - 9:52 AM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 6.8 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.8 Magnitude - 169.0 km (105.0 miles), +/- 1.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.8 Mag. us10008qsb
Further Information (as of 5/09/2017): 6.8 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 880 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 10, 2017 South Georgian earthquake Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Visokoi Island, South Georgia - 7:23 PM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 6.5 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.5 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.5 Mag. us10008rb6
Further Information (as of 5/11/2017): 6.5 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 460 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 11, 2017 Pennsylvanian earthquake Thursday, May 11, 2017, West Liberty, WV (area) - 2:53 AM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 2.1 Ml
Hypocentral Depth: 2.1 Magnitude - 1.0 km (0.6 miles), +/- 31.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.1 Mag. ld60134771
Further Information (as of 5/11/2017): 2.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.19 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 11, 2017 Virginian earthquake Friday, May 12, 2017, Narrows, VA - 12:31 AM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 2.8 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.8 Magnitude - 4.1 km (2.5 miles), +/- 1.4 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.8 Mag. se60193886
Further Information (as of 5/12/2017): 2.8 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 898 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 12, 2017 Salvadoran earthquake Friday, May 12, 2017, Acajutla, El Salvador - 6:41 AM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 6.2 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.2 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.2 Mag. us10008rtu
Further Information (as of 5/12/2017): 6.2 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 898 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 15, 2017 Papuan earthquake Monday, May 15, 2017, Namatanai, Papua New Guinea - 9:22 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.2 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.2 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.2 Mag. us10008sjn
Further Information (as of 5/15/2017): 6.2 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 834 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 24, 2017 Ohioan earthquake Wednesday, May 24, 2017, McArthur, Ohio - 12:24 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 3.4 Mb_lg
Hypocentral Depth: 3.4 Magnitude - 6.8 km (4.2 miles), +/- 7.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 3.4 Mag. us10008uvu
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10008uvu#tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 5/24/2017): 3.4 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 711 KB)


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Map of Earthquake Epicenters of West Virginia: 1824 through 2016

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Soon to be updated!
Earthquake epicenter data were compiled from several regional "catalogs". These catalogs consist of seismic event information that have been reviewed by seismologists. Unless otherwise noted, earthquake catalogs do not contain readings from "blast" or other related mining activity.

Earthquake records are divided into two types: "historic" ones which were felt or recorded without sophisticated seismic equipment and "instrumental" ones that have data derived from networks of sophisticated equipment.

Download this map:

♦ With data (1.82 MB) here: PDF .
♦ Download a detailed Microsoft Excel workbook that was used to create the map of the earthquake epicenters here: XLSX.

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View Signals for Local Seismic Stations

MCWV Plot Data:
image of sample seismic helicorder plot
WVGES has an official USGS seismic station with two seismometers on site. Like radio stations with call letters, ours is "MCWV" which is "Mont Chateau West Virginia". Information about the MCWV Station can be found here. As of May 2015, the majority of seismic stations that were part of the Transportable Array Program sponsored by IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) have moved east out of West Virginia. Six seismic stations of the original fourteen have been made part of the Central and Eastern United States Network (CEUSN) operated by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California - San Diego. They remain in place and all are currently operational.

View current seismic reading "snapshots" from the links below! Explanation of the signal trace on a seismogram.

♦ Simple (vertical) seismic helicorder plot via USGS here. (USGS Website)

♦ View detailed information for the six individual CEUSN Operating Seismic Stations in West Virginia here.  

♦ Current and recent seismic helicorder plots via the Virginia Tech Seismic Observatory (VTSO) here
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Information from USGS Concerning Earthquakes in West Virginia and Region

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♦ USGS: West Virginia, Earthquake History: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/west_virginia/history.php
♦ USGS: West Virginia, Earthquake Information: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/index.php?regionID=48

Also, see these studies:

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Recent Significant Earthquakes in Our Region

icon of the shape of Ohio Ohio:
December 31, 2011, Magnitude 4.0 - Youngstown-Warren Urban Area, Ohio:
♦ From USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2011/usc0007f7s/

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Virginia:
August 23, 2011, Magnitude 5.8 - Mineral-Lewis, Virginia:
♦ Compiled by WVGES: VA Quake
♦ From USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2011/se082311a/
♦ From USGS; View and download USGS Summary Poster: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/poster/2011/20110823b.php
♦ From Virginia DMME: https://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DGMR/earthquake2011.shtml
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Neighboring States' Seismic Information

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Earthquakes and Other Geologic Hazards, (Kentucky Geological Survey).

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Earthquakes and Maryland, (Maryland Geological Survey).
Maryland Seismic Network, (Maryland Geological Survey).

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The Ohio Seismic Network, (Ohio DNR, Division of Geological Survey).

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Earthquakes in Pennsylvania, (Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey).

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Earthquakes, (Virginia DMME, Virginia DMME Division of Geology and Mineral Resources).
Information on the August 23, 2011 1:51 pm; 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake

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