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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.

Earthquakes and tectonic plate boundaries

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See where recent earthquakes are located relative to tectonic plate boundaries here from the USGS.

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Latest Local Earthquakes (click image for more detail)

image of map and information pertaining to the December 11, 2019 Virginia earthquake Wednesday, December 11, 2019, New Castle, VA - 4:41 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 2.5 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.5 Magnitude - 14.7 km (9.1 miles), +/- 1.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.5 Mag. se60096323
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60096323/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 12/11/2019): 2.5 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.94 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the December 9-10, 2019 Virginia earthquakes Monday, December 9, 2019 - 11:10 PM (EST) and Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:43 AM (EST), New Castle, VA  NEW!
Magnitude: 2.1 Md and 2.5 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.1 Magnitude - 10.3 km (6.4 miles), +/- 3.8 km error; 2.5 Magnitude - 14.5 (9.0 miles), +/- 1.2 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.1 Mag. se60096223; 2.5 Mag. se60096233
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.1 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60096223/tellus or 2.5 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60096233/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 12/10/2019): 2.1 mag. - USGS Event Page and 2.5 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.79 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the June 12, 2019 Pennsylvania earthquake Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Mifflintown, PA - 8:30 PM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 3.4 Ml
Hypocentral Depth: 3.4 Magnitude - 26.7 km (16.6 miles), +/- 0.4 km error
USGS Event ID: 3.4 Mag. ld60171121
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60171121/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 6/13/2019): 3.4 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.68 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the June 10, 2019 Ohio earthquake Monday, June 10, 2019, Eastlake, OH - 10:50 AM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 4.0 Mb
Hypocentral Depth: 4.0 Magnitude - 5.0 km (3.1 miles), +/- 2.0 km error
USGS Event ID: 4.0 Mag. us70003xny
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us70003xny/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 6/11/2019): 4.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 570 KB)

image of map and information pertaining to the March 4, 2019 West Virginia earthquake Monday, March 4, 2019, Alderson, WV - 2:41 AM (EST)  
Magnitude: 2.6 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.6 Magnitude - 15.6 km (9.7 miles), +/- 2.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.6 Mag. se60076828
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60076828#tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 3/4/2019): 2.6 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 2.22 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the February 27, 2019 Pennsylvania earthquake Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Shippensburg, PA - 6:52 PM (EST)  
Magnitude: 1.1 Ml
Hypocentral Depth: 1.1 Magnitude - 5.0 km (3.1 miles), +/- 31.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 1.1 Mag. ld60064308
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60064308#tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 3/4/2019): 1.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.67 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the January 16, 2019 Maryland earthquake Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Conococheague, MD - 11:26 PM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 1.6 Ml
Hypocentral Depth: 1.6 Magnitude - 5.0 km (3.1 miles), +/- 31.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 1.6 Mag. ld60159661
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60063603#tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 1/23/2019): 1.6 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.44 MB)

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Latest Notable Earthquakes Worldwide (click image for more detail)

image of map and information pertaining to the November 2, 2019 South Atlantic earthquake Saturday, November 2, 2019, Visokoi Island, South Atlantic - 2:08 PM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 6.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us700062cg
Further Information (as of 11/04/2019): 6.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 2.23 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 4, 2019 Chilean earthquake Monday, November 4, 2019, Illapel, Chile - 4:53 PM (EST)  
Magnitude: 6.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 53.0 km (32.9 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us70006345
Further Information (as of 11/06/2019): 6.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.67 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 4, 2019 Tongan earthquake Monday, November 4, 2019, Neiafu, Tonga - 5:43 PM (EST)  
Magnitude: 6.6 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.6 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.6 Mag. us7000635e
Further Information (as of 11/06/2019): 6.6 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.79 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 5, 2019 South Atlantic earthquake Tuesday, November 5, 2019, South Sandwich Islands, South Atlantic - 3:52 PM (EST)  
Magnitude: 6.3 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.3 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.3 Mag. us700063mh
Further Information (as of 11/06/2019): 6.3 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 2.44 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 14, 2019 Indonesian earthquake Thursday, November 14, 2019, Bitung, Indonesia - 11:17 AM (EST)  
Magnitude: 7.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 7.1 Magnitude - 33.0 km (20.5 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 7.1 Mag. us60006bjl
Further Information (as of 11/15/2019): 7.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 2.02 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 14, 2019 Indonesian earthquake Thursday, November 14, 2019, Kota Ternate, Indonesia - 4:12 PM (EST)  
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 26.2 km (16.3 miles), +/- 2.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us60006bpw
Further Information (as of 11/15/2019): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 2.02 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 19, 2019 Mexican earthquake Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Puerto Madero, Mexico - 11:27 PM (EST)  
Magnitude: 6.3 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.3 Magnitude - 11.0 km (6.8 miles), +/- 2.5 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.3 Mag. us70006a6q
Further Information (as of 11/20/2019): 6.3 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.75 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 20, 2019 Russian earthquake Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Ozernovskiy, Russia - 3:26 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.3 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.3 Magnitude - 486.8 km (302.5 miles), +/- 10.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.3 Mag. us70006a9e
Further Information (as of 11/20/2019): 6.3 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 3.04 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 20, 2019 Thai earthquake Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Thailand - 6:50 PM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us70006ara
Further Information (as of 11/21/2019): 6.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.27 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 23, 2019 Papuan earthquake Saturday, November 23, 2019, Papua, Indonesia - 7:11 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us70006c6w
Further Information (as of 11/25/2019): 6.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.71 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 23, 2019 Alaskan earthquake Saturday, November 23, 2019, Adak, Alaska - 7:54 PM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.3 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.3 Magnitude - 25.1 km (15.6 miles), +/- 4.5 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.3 Mag. us70006cb6
Further Information (as of 11/25/2019): 6.3 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 2.32 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 25, 2019 Albanian earthquake Monday, November 25, 2019, Mamurras, Albania - 9:54 PM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.4 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.4 Magnitude - 20.0 km (12.4 miles), +/- 1.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.4 Mag. us70006d0m
Further Information (as of 11/26/2019): 6.4 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 3.12 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 27, 2019 Greek earthquake Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Platanos, Greece - 2:23 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 71.8 km (44.6 miles), +/- 5.4 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us70006dlt
Further Information (as of 11/27/2019): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 2.10 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the December 2, 2019 Alaskan earthquake Monday, December 2, 2019, Amatignak Island, Alaska - 12:01 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 27.3 km (17.0 miles), +/- 4.2 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us70006f6d
Further Information (as of 12/2/2019): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.82 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the December 3, 2019 Chilean earthquake Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Arica, Chile - 3:46 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 32.4 km (20.1 miles), +/- 7.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us70006fh7
Further Information (as of 12/03/2019): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 944 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the December 6, 2019 Tongan earthquake Friday, December 6, 2019, Hihifo, Tonga - 8:04 AM (EST)  NEW!
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. us60006n19
Further Information (as of 12/10/2019): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.78 MB)


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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:
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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. 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. Four 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.

♦ Latest report from our seismic station MCWV via USGS here. (USGS Website)

♦ View detailed information for the remaining five N4.East 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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Page last revised December 11, 2019.
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