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Latest Earthquakes in the State

image of map and information pertaining to the June 6, 2014 earthquake Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:15 PM (EDT)  NEW!
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 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 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 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 (PDF, 3.55 MB) featuring information of 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 as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.02 MB)

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 as seen on the left, (PDF, 990 KB)

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 as seen on the left, (PDF, 991 KB)

Map of Earthquake Epicenters of West Virginia: 1824 through 2014

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Updated 6/25/2014!
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 (1.22 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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Seismic Stations in West Virginia

MCWV Plot Data:
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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. In addition, since the summer of 2013, fourteen new seismic stations have been installed around West Virginia as part of the Transportable Array Program sponsored by IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology). These new seismic stations will be in the state for a two year period. At the end of that time, two to four of the stations will be left in place as the Transportable Array is relocated to the east.

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 24-hour record for individual Transportable Array Seismic Stations here.  NEW!

♦ Current and recent seismic helicorder plots via the Virginia Tech Seismic Observatory (VTSO) here
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Would you like to host a seismic station? Click here for more information!

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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

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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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