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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 7, 2021 West Virginia earthquakes Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 5:06 AM (EST), Union, WV  NEW!
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  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)

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Latest Notable Earthquakes Worldwide (click image for more detail)

image of map and information pertaining to the June 4, 2022 Antarctic earthquake Saturday, June 4, 2022, Macquarie Island, Antarctica - 9:17 AM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.4 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.4 Magnitude - 10.0 km (6.2 miles), +/- 1.7 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.4 Mag. us7000hexr
Further Information (as of 6/8/2022): 6.4 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 June 4, 2022 Alaskan earthquake Saturday, June 4, 2022, Rat Islands, Alaska - 7:38 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.3 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.3 Magnitude - 105.0 km (65.2 miles), +/- 1.8 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.3 Mag. us7000hf1u
Further Information (as of 6/8/2022): 6.3 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 June 7, 2022 Brazilian earthquake Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Tarauaca, Brazil - 8:55 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.5 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.5 Magnitude - 621.9 km (386.4 miles), +/- 2.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.5 Mag. us7000hfrj
Further Information (as of 6/8/2022): 6.5 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 743 KB)


image of map and information pertaining to the June 30, 2022 Filipino earthquake Thursday, June 30, 2022, Namuac, Philippines - 2:40 PM (EDT)  NEW!
Magnitude: 6.0 Mww
Hypocentral Depth: 6.0 Magnitude - 35.4 km (22.0 miles), +/- 3.9 km error
USGS Event ID: 6.0 Mag. us6000hywe
Further Information (as of 7/1/2022): 6.0 mag. - USGS Event Page
Download: WVGES Document pdf icon as seen on the left, (PDF 584 KB)


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Map of Earthquake Epicenters of West Virginia: 1824 through 2021 (Data as of 12/10/2021)

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Download this 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.

Download the PDF map on the left (or below). It is an interactive PDF! In a current version of Adobe Reader, you can turn on/off the map layers — see what you want; print what you want!

Downloads:

File Type & Size Info
WV_Earthquake_Epicenters_1824_2021_20220314.pdf PDF, 3.14 MB The map plus 3 pages of basice earthquake listings and information.
West_Virginia_Earthquake_Catalog_2022.xlsx XLSX, 112 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_2022.gdb.zip Zipped GDB, 844 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.
WV_Earthquake_Map_Spatial_Files.zip ZIP, 2.07 MB Spatial Files: Zipped file of all of the spatial files (file geodatabases).
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 July 1, 2022.
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