USGS Earthquake Magnitude Working Group

The USGS formed a working group in 2000 to address the need for a uniform policy on the accurate, consistent, and understandable reporting of earthquake size. The working group completed its task toward the end of 2001, resulting in the above policy being implemented in early 2002. The working group was decommissioned following the release of the policy and updates to the "Magnitude of Significant Earthquakes" is maintained by the USGS National Earthquake Information Center. Members of the USGS Earthquake Magnitude Working Group were:

Magnitudes of Significant Earthquakes

The USGS Earthquake Magnitude Working Group compiled a list of significant, past earthquakes for which reliable magnitude estimates are available. This list is not static and will be reviewed annually by the National Earthquake Information Center and revised as new research and results become available.