Current Earthquakes

Earthquake information and data as fast as possible

Here are the best places to zero in on earthquakes. These sites may be slow after a major earthquake. Be ready to try alternative sites on this list.

World Sites

USGS—Interactive Earthquake Map from the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program. Links lead to summary information. The USGS also has a set of different notification services. It's best to visit this site at a quiet time and bookmark it with your favorite specifications.

IRIS—"IRIS Seismic Monitor" is from the IRIS Consortium. Links lead to seismic data. Note the handy "Earthquake Headlines" and "Special Events" buttons.

GEOFON—"Global Seismic Monitor" is served from the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam in Germany.

U.S.A. Sites

USA—Interactive Earthquake Map from the USGS is the agency's standard outlet.

Alaska—The Alaska Earthquake Information Center may be less busy than the USGS site.

California-Nevada—The USGS Intgeractive Earthquake Map has a toggle dedicated to this region; click on the "Zoom to..." label. Caltech still runs the old-fashioned map.

Central USA—"Recent Central US Earthquakes" is an alternate starting point served by the USGS Central Region office.

Hawaii—The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory shows quakes on all the Hawaiian islands.

Intermountain West States—The University of Utah shows Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

Northeastern States—Columbia University's site covers New England, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and environs plus southern Ontario and Quebec.

Oregon and Washington—The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network covers both states.

Puerto Rico—The University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez covers the island.

U.S. Cities

San Francisco—The Bay area's own special map from the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Los Angeles—The heart of Southern California has its own special map from the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Other Countries

Canada—Natural Resources Canada covers the whole country from this page.

UK and Ireland—The British Geological Survey posts events and a map.

Greater Europe—The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre goes beyond Europe as far as Arabia, North Africa, Iran and central Asia.

Japan—The Japan Meteorological Agency monitors the latest week's worth of events.

New Zealand—GeoNet also reports on volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis and more.

Live Seismic Data

Live Internet Seismic Server—The USGS shows current seismograms from around the world. If you're quick, you can see big quakes as they happen.

Northern California—The Berkeley Digital Seismic Network updates its seismograms every 10 minutes.