Earthquake Hazards Program
The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), established by Congress in 1977. We monitor and report earthquakes, assess earthquake impacts and hazards, and research the causes and effects of earthquake.
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Our scientists study earthquakes around the world. Learn about Science Center activities, research, regional seismic network monitoring, and local activities of interest conducted in our various offices around the US.
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This earthquake in early November occurred within seconds after a routine explosion at a nearby quarry. The event was initially interpreted as the quarry blast, but has been re-examined and determined to be a separate small earthquake.View Earthquake
USGS News Release: Since January 2009, more than 200 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes have rattled Central Oklahoma, marking a significant rise in the frequency of these seismic events.View News
USGS News Release: New research provides insight on why the New Madrid Seismic Zone is unique and may continue to pose a higher earthquake risk than adjacent areas in the central United States.View News
Scientists are learning more about the earth under our feet by getting up in the clouds. A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey is using a low-flying plane to measure the magnetic field of the earth, which may help map and characterize shallow concealed faults associated with the New Madrid Seismic Zone.View News
The increase in earthquakes central and eastern United States over the past few years prompts two important questions: Are they natural, or man-made? And what should be done in the future as we address the causes and consequences of these events to reduce associated risks?View News