Earthquake Feeds & Data

In addition to web-based maps and event pages, USGS provides several alternative ways to obtain real-time earthquake lists. Earthquake information is extracted from a merged catalog of earthquakes located by the USGS and contributing networks. Earthquakes will be broadcast within a few minutes for California events, and within 30-minutes for worldwide events.

Earthquake Notification Service (ENS)

Earthquake Notification Service email The Earthquake Notification Service (ENS) is a free service that sends you automated notification emails when earthquakes happen in your area.

Atom, CSV, GeoJSON(P) Feeds

  • Atom Files

    The Atom files on this page have replaced our RSS feeds. Atom Files Contain basic information (date, location, magnitude, and depth) about each earthquake and a link to a detailed report, plus embedded links to other products like ShakeMap, Did You Feel It?, and CAP alerts.

  • CSV Files

    Comma separated ASCII text files containing the source network (Src), ID (Eqid), version, date, location, magnitude, depth (km) and number of reporting stations (NST) for each earthquake. These files are lightweight and best for applications that repeatedly download earthquake data.

  • GeoJSON(P)

    GeoJSON is a format for encoding a variety of geographic data structures. A GeoJSON object may represent a geometry, a feature, or a collection of features. GeoJSON uses the JSON standard. The GeoJSONP feed uses the same JSON response, but the GeoJSONP response is wrapped inside the function call, eqfeed_callback.

Google Earth KML

Try our new merged USGS Earthquakes KML Feed. It includes tectonic plate boundaries with plate motion vectors, historic seismicity since 1970, seismicity animations, and several real-time earthquake options including color by age/depth.

Google Gadget

google gadget iconTry our Google Gadget. You can get USGS Real-time earthquakes in iGoogle.


TED logoThe USGS is offering Tweet Earthquake Dispatch via two twitter accounts:

  • @USGSted and @USGSBigQuakes

On average, each will produce about one tweet per day.