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Seismicity in West Virginia and the Region


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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 February 10, 2024 West Virginia earthquake Saturday, February 10, 2024, Richwood, WV - 5:24 AM (EST)  
Magnitude: 2.29 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.29 Magnitude - 9.8 km (6.1 miles), +/- 1.3 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.29 Mag. se60501603
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60501603/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 2/13/2024): 2.29 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.28 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the January 28, 2024 Kentucky earthquake Sunday, January 28, 2024, Old Washington, KY - 12:13 PM (EST)  
Magnitude: 2.5 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.5 Magnitude - 15.5 km (9.6 miles), +/- 1.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.5 Mag. se60501578
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60501578/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 2/5/2024): 2.5 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 793 KB)

image of map and information pertaining to the January 2, 2024 Maryland earthquake Tuesday, January 2, 2024, Rockville, MD - 12:16 AM (EST)  
Magnitude: 2.3 Mb_lg
Hypocentral Depth: 2.3 Magnitude - 15.3 km (9.5 miles), +/- 8.3 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.3 Mag. us6000m135
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us6000m135/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 1/4/2024): 2.3 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 649 KB)

image of map and information pertaining to the March 20, 2023 Ohio earthquake Monday, March 20, 2023, Rio Grande, OH - 6:54 PM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 2.5 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.5 Magnitude - 5.5 km (3.4 miles), +/- 3.2 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.5 Mag. se60500543
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60500543/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 3/24/2023): 2.5 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 February 17, 2023 West Virginia earthquakes Friday, February 17, 2023 - 4:54 PM (EST), Point Pleasant, WV  
Magnitude: 2.61 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.61 Magnitude - 0.1 km (328 feet), +/- 3.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.61 Mag. se60139853
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.61 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60500438/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 2/22/2023): 2.61 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.51 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the August 9, 2022 West Virginia earthquakes Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 8:36 AM (EST), Huntersville, WV  
Magnitude: 2.04 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.04 Magnitude - 13.7 km (8.5 miles), +/- 0.4 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.04 Mag. se60158843
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.04 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60158843/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 8/12/2022): 2.04 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.55 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the December 7, 2021 West Virginia earthquakes Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 5:06 AM (EST), Union, WV  
Magnitude: 1.86 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 1.86 Magnitude - 1.5 km (0.9 miles), +/- 5.5 km error
USGS Event ID: 1.86 Mag. se60139853
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 1.86 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60139853/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 12/9/2021): 1.86 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.53 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the September 27, 2021 Virginia earthquakes Monday, September 27, 2021 - 9:37 AM (EDT), Lafayette, VA  
Magnitude: 2.6 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.6 Magnitude - 12.4 km (7.7 miles), +/- 1.0 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.6 Mag. se60135043
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.6 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60135043/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 9/28/2021): 2.6 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.74 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the July 14, 2021 Virginia earthquakes Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 8:55 PM (EDT), Narrows, VA  
Magnitude: 2.8 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.8 Magnitude - 20.4 km (12.7 miles), +/- 1.5 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.8 Mag. se60349277
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.8 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60349277/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 7/15/2021): 2.8 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.44 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the May 21, 2021 Ohio earthquake Friday, May 21, 2021, Athalia, OH - 12:53 AM (EDT)  
Magnitude: 2.5 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.5 Magnitude - 19.4 km (12.1 miles), +/- 2.1 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.5 Mag. se60128123
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60128123/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 5/21/2020): 2.5 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.61 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the February 11, 2021 Virginia earthquakes Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:54 PM (EST), Richlands, VA  
Magnitude: 2.58 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.58 Magnitude - 13.5 km (8.4 miles), +/- 3.0 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.58 Mag. se60122223
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.58 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60122223/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 2/12/2021): 2.58 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 851 KB)

image of map and information pertaining to the February 11, 2021 Virginia earthquakes Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 7:47 PM (EST) and 7:54 PM (EST), Richlands, VA  
Magnitude: 2.35 Md and 2.13 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.35 Magnitude - 0.0 km (0.0 miles), +/- 3.8 km error; 2.13 Magnitude - 0.0 km (0.0 miles), +/-0 7.1 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.35 Mag. se60324577; 2.13 Mag. se60122323
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.35 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60324577/tellus or 2.13 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60122323/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 2/15/2021): 2.35 mag. - USGS Event Page and 2.13 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 3.31 MB)

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Latest Notable Earthquakes Worldwide (click image for more detail)

image of map and information pertaining to the April 17, 2024 Japanese earthquake Wednesday, April 17, 2024, Uwajima, Japan - 10:14 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.3 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.3 Magnitude - 25.6 km (16.0 miles), +/- 4.0 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.3 Mag. us7000mcpi
Further Information (as of 4/18/2024): 6.3 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 671 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the April 22, 2024 Taiwanese earthquakes Monday, April 22, 2024, Hualien City, Taiwan - 2:26 PM (EDT) and 2:32 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.1 and 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 10.6 km (6.6 miles) +/- 3.9 km error and 6.0 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us6000mt0r and 6.0 Mag. us6000mt0s
Further Information (as of 4/23/2024): 6.0 Mag. - USGS Event Page and 6.0 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 573 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the April 26, 2024 Antarctic earthquake Friday, April 26, 2024, Mid-Indian Ridge, Antarctica - 6:23 PM (EDT)  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. us6000mu57
Further Information (as of 4/29/2024): 6.0 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 951 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the April 27, 2024 Japanese earthquake Sunday, April 27, 2024, Bonin Islands, Japan - 4:35 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.5 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.5 Magnitude - 503.2 km (312.7 miles), +/- 5.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.5 Mag. us6000mu8k
Further Information (as of 4/29/2024): 6.5 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 537 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the April 27, 2024 Indonesian earthquake Sunday, April 27, 2024, Banjar, Indonesia - 12:29 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 68.3 km (42.4 miles), +/- 4.4 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us6000muc0
Further Information (as of 4/29/2024): 6.1 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 702 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 5, 2024 Indonesian earthquake Sunday, May 5, 2024, Fakfak, Indonesia - 2:33 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.2 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.2 Magnitude - 12.1 km (7.5 miles), +/- 3.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.2 Mag. us6000mwjd
Further Information (as of 5/8/2024): 6.2 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 697 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 8, 2024 Vanuatu earthquake Wednesday, May 8, 2024, Luganville, Vanuatu - 4:17 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 12.5 km (7.8 miles), +/- 3.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us6000mx5c
Further Information (as of 5/8/2024): 6.1 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.50 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 12, 2024 Mexican earthquake Sunday, May 12, 2024, Brisas Barra de Suchiate, Mexico - 7:39 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.4 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.4 Magnitude - 75.4 km (46.9 miles), +/- 4.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.4 Mag. us6000my20
Further Information (as of 5/13/2024): 6.4 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 732 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the May 19, 2024 Alaskan earthquake Sunday, May 19, 2024, Nikolski, Alaska - 5:35 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 28.0 km (17.4 miles), +/- 1.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us6000mzme
Further Information (as of 5/21/2024): 6.0 Mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.60 MB)


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Map of Earthquake Epicenters of West Virginia: 1824 through 2023 (Data as of 3/10/2023)

image of the map of Earthquake Epicenters of West Virginia
Download this interactive PDF map.

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.

The PDF map is layered and interactive! Download the PDF and view in Adobe Acrobat Reader (not a web browser). You can turn off/on features, labels, or text. View what you want and print what you want!

Downloads:

File Type & Size Info
WV_Earthquake_Epicenters_20240223.pdf PDF, 2.81 MB The map plus 3 pages of basice earthquake listings and information.
West_Virginia_Earthquake_Catalog_202402.xlsx XLSX, 113 KB The detailed Microsoft Excel workbook that was used to create the map. It has more information than what is included with the map.
Earthquake_Map_2024.gdb.zip Zipped GDB, 943 KB Spatial file: File geodatabase of our Earthquake catalog
Earthquake_Map_Ancillary_Data.gdb.zip Zipped GDB, 1.23 MB Spatial File: Auxillary geodatabase of features used in the map.
Earthquake_Map_Layer_Files.zip Zipped LYR, 8 KB Spatial File: Layer files to symbolize the earthquake events.
Earthquake_Map_2022_Metadata.zip Zipped HTML and XML, 108 KB Metadata (HTML or XML) for the earthquake Events List and Seismic Stations List

Interactive Online Map:

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View Signals for West Virginia 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 out of West Virginia. Five 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 other five Seismic Stations located across 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

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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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Page last revised May 21, 2024.
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