Publications, earthquake maps, real-time products, and derived datasets.



USGS provides several ways to obtain real-time earthquake lists, in addition to web-based maps and event pages. Earthquakes are broadcast (i.e., through email, CSV, ATOM, CAP alerts, etc.) within a few minutes for California events, and within 30-minutes for worldwide events.

This site provides a single source for all USGS supported products associated with a particular earthquake. Specifically, the catalog includes the date/time of the earthquake along with the following products (if available): location, magnitude(s), depth, moment tensor, focal mechanism, DYFI, ShakeMap, PAGER, event posters, tectonic summaries, Finite Fault, Exposure, lists of significant events, phase data, residuals. Customized searching is available along with output download capabilities.


Specialized Earthquake Catalogs

Seismic Waveforms

USGS collects seismic data from a variety of stations operated regionally, nationally, and globally. Data are divided into three primary categories: broadband stations are designed to record weaker motions from either small or distant earthquakes, strong motion stations are designed to record on-scale waveforms from larger earthquakes or earthquakes closer to the station. Portable instruments (of either type) are also deployed to collect data for special studies including aftershock studies of noteworthy earthquakes. These waveform data are available at the following sites:

Seismic Stations

Geodetic Data

Fault slip during earthquakes produces surface displacements that complement waveforms from seismometers. Since about 1970, USGS scientists have used a variety of geodetic techniques to infer which faults are active and to estimate seismic hazard. USGS also provides funding support to other institutions making geodetic observations. Currently to make geodetic observations the USGS uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) and also other techniques (creepmeters, tiltmeters, strainmeters, magnetometers, pore pressure monitors).

The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) supports geodetic data collection throughout the western U.S. through cooperative agreements with Central Washington University, San Francisco State University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Memphis, and University of Nevada at Reno. We process GPS data that we collect, plus data from the USGS Volcano Hazards Program (VHP), our cooperator institutions, UNAVCO Inc., and other network operators. These results are available as time series of daily GPS positions. USGS-EHP also processes GPS data in real-time from GPS networks operated by USGS (EHP and VHP) and other institutions including UC Berkeley and UNAVCO Inc. in the Bay Area and Southern California. The processed position streams are available in real-time online.

Earth Structure and Site Response

USGS conducts seismic reflection and refraction profiling to assess Earth structure and 3-D velocities. We also use earthquakes and other seismic data to model Earth structure, including the geometry of subduction zones. Most data obtained from active source studies are archived at IRIS and/or at the National Geophysical Data Center. USGS also provides access to certain data sets through its web site. Links to data are as follows:

Ground Motion and Site Conditions

Intense ground shaking during large earthquakes can damage or even cause failure of engineered structures such as buildings, bridges, highways, and dams. Sustained strong shaking can also trigger ground failures, such as rock falls, landslides, earth flows and liquefaction. Strong motion seismology uses special sensors, called accelerometers, to record these large-amplitude ground motions and the response of engineered structures to these motions. Recordings of large-amplitude seismic waves near the earthquake source can be used to investigate the fault motions that produced the earthquake.

Site response and ground motion studies use standard seismometers and oil-industry standard geophones to measure the local shaking from natural and man-made sources. These measurements help predict differential, site-dependent ground motion resulting from earthquakes. This information is used to upgrade building codes, to design earthquake-resistant structures, and to predict the patterns of strong shaking from future large earthquakes. Rapid reporting of shaking levels also helps to focus emergency response efforts in areas where damage is likely to be the greatest.

The data obtained from active source studies are archived at IRIS and/or at the National Geophysical Data Center. USGS also provides access to certain data sets. Links to data:

Hazard Assessment Data and Models

USGS conducts seismic hazard assessments for the Nation, and on a case by case basis, for other parts of the world. The maps utilize a number of different primary data sources, including seismicity catalogs, fault databases, and in some cases, geodetic deformation models. These input data sets, along with the resulting hazard models, are available in the Hazards section of the website.

Faults and Folds


Geologic and Seismic Models


Other Data Sources

Information and Data Outside of USGS

Non-USGS sites that host various geophysical, geodetic, and geologic data pertinent to earthquake studies: