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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 September 27, 2021 Virginia earthquakes Monday, September 27, 2021 - 9:37 AM (EDT), Lafayette, VA  NEW!
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  NEW!
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)  NEW!
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  NEW!
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  NEW!
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)

image of map and information pertaining to the January 16, 2021 Virginia earthquakes Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 12:49 AM (EST), Deerfield, VA  NEW!
Magnitude: 2.32 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.32 Magnitude - 2.1 km (1.3 miles), +/- 3.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.32 Mag. se60116828
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.32 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60120323/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 1/18/2021): 2.32 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.46 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the November 9, 2020 Virginia earthquakes Monday, November 9, 2020 - 2:35 AM (EST) and 3:17 AM (EST), Richlands, VA  NEW!
Magnitude: 2.65 Md and 2.42 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.65 Magnitude - 0.0 km (0.0 miles), +/- 1.7 km error; 2.42 Magnitude - 0.0 km (0.0 miles), +/- 2.5 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.65 Mag. se60116823; 2.42 Mag. se60116828
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, 2.65 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60116823/tellus or 2.42 Mag.https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60116828/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 11/9/2020): 2.65 mag. - USGS Event Page and 2.42 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.90 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the August 9, 2020 North Carolina earthquake Sunday, August 9, 2020, Sparta, NC - 8:07 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 5.1 Mw
Hypocentral Depth: 5.1 Magnitude - 7.6 km (4.7 miles), +/- 1.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 5.1 Mag. se60324281
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60324281/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 8/14/2020): 5.1 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 July 30, 2020 West Virginia earthquake Thursday, July 30, 2020, Huntersville, WV - 1:57 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 2.4 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.4 Magnitude - 4.4 km (2.7 miles), +/- 1.2 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.4 Mag. se60323026
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60323026/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 7/30/2020): 2.4 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.65 MB)

image of map and information pertaining to the July 28, 2020 West Virginia earthquake Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Huntersville, WV - 8:36 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 2.4 Md
Hypocentral Depth: 2.4 Magnitude - 4.7 km (2.9 miles), +/- 1.4 km error
USGS Event ID: 2.4 Mag. se60322771
Did You Feel It?: Contact USGS here, https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60322771/tellus (Fill out a short form)
Further Information (as of 7/29/2020): 2.4 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF, 1.65 MB)

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Latest Notable Earthquakes Worldwide (click image for more detail)

image of map and information pertaining to the October 14, 2021 Solomon Islands earthquake Thursday, October 14, 2021, Buala, Solomon Islandss - 10:44 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.4 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.4 Magnitude - 22.6 km (14.0 miles), +/- 4.4 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.4 Mag. us6000furk
Further Information (as of 10/14/2021): 6.4 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 October 18, 2021 Vanuatu earthquake Monday, October 18, 2021, Sola, Vanuatu - 3:26 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 96.5 km (60.0 miles), +/- 5.6 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us6000fvkf
Further Information (as of 10/18/2021): 6.1 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 October 24, 2021 Taiwanese earthquake Sunday, October 24, 2021, Yilan, Taiwan - 1:11 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.2 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.2 Magnitude - 64.5 km (40.1 miles), +/- 4.0 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.2 Mag. us6000fx56
Further Information (as of 10/25/2021): 6.2 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 626 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the October 26, 2021 Antarctic earthquake Tuesday, October 26, 2021, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica - 1:48 AM (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. us6000fxjf
Further Information (as of 10/26/2021): 6.0 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 October 31, 2021 Antarctic earthquake Sunday, October 31, 2021, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica - 8:02 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.1 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.1 Magnitude - 35.0 km (21.7 miles), +/- 1.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.1 Mag. us7000fqcg
Further Information (as of 11/1/2021): 6.1 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 2.24 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 1, 2021 Indonesian earthquake Monday, November 1, 2021, Sinabang, Indonesia - 1:04 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 15.3 km (9.5 miles), +/- 3.1 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us7000fqjc
Further Information (as of 11/2/2021): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 549 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 9, 2021 Nicaraguan earthquake Tuesday, November 9, 2021, Masachapa, Nicaragua - 1:25 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.2 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.2 Magnitude - 35.0 km (21.7 miles), +/- 1.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.2 Mag. us7000fskw
Further Information (as of 11/10/2021): 6.2 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.56 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 10, 2021 Japanese earthquake Wednesday, November 10, 2021, Hirara, Japan - 10:45 AM (EST)  NEW!
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. us7000fszl
Further Information (as of 11/12/2021): 6.6 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 622 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 14, 2021 Iranian earthquake Sunday, November 14, 2021, Bandar Abbas, Iran - 7:08 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.3 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.3 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.3 Mag. us7000fu12
Further Information (as of 11/15/2021): 6.3 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 1.70 MB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 15, 2021 Indian Ocean earthquake Monday, November 15, 2021, Southern Indian Ocean - 6:23 PM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us7000fu61
Further Information (as of 11/15/2021): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 757 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the November 18, 2021 Papuan earthquake Thursday, November 18, 2021, Kokopo, Papua-New Guinea - 9:08 AM (EST)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.2 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.2 Magnitude - 34.9 km (21.7 miles), +/- 3.3 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.2 Mag. us7000fv37
Further Information (as of 11/19/2021): 6.2 mag. - USGS Event Page
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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 West Virginia Seismic Stations

MCWV Plot Data:
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The seismic monitoring station at WVGS is currently experiencing technical and instrumental problems. Until repaired, a temporary link to the seismic station at the Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory (VTSO) will be displayed. Like radio stations with call letters, theirs is "BLA" which is "Blacksburg". Information about the BLA 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 - TEMPORARILY DISABLED!

♦ 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) - TEMPORARILY DISABLED!
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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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