Worldwide Earthquake Reporting and Other Interesting Facts From the USGS

by Steve Dasseos on February 24, 2008

The U.S. Geological Survey’s website calls itself “Your source for science you can use”. I started reading this site just a few days ago & it’s interesting what kind of information you can find at

It was that 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Nevada on Thursday, February 21, 2008 that piqued my curiosity. It was originally reported as if it was a non-event, but in the days since more details have emerged. I like to see my tax dollars at work and that’s what led me to the USGS website.

I was living in Mexico in Sept. 1985 when the Mexico City earthquakes happened. I ended up working with the Red Cross for a few weeks following that disaster. And in Feb. 1986 I was staying with friends in Xela, Guatemala when the largest quake happened there since the 1976 Guatemala quake. If you’ve ever been in a powerful earthquake you know what I mean when I say “It was frightening”.

Go here to see the recent quakes anywhere in the world. You can see a map of recent magnitude 4+ quakes in the world and magnitude 1+ quakes in the USA.

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