Here is some of the latest earthquake information regarding,

Recent Earthquakes

Earthquake Prediction

Earthquake Damage

Earthquake Preparedness

and 2012 earthquakes.

We will be keeping this updated throughout the year will the latest information and statistics, so bookmark this page and check back when you are curious.


Earthquake Statistics 2012

Statistics can be analyzed in quite a number of ways, many of which are neither right nor wrong, but simply different ways of looking at the data. While using USGS data, we will view the statistics using a simple method of year-to-date numbers while comparing to data gathered since 1990.

In other words, we are comparing earthquake occurrences so far this year with the average number that have historically occurred during this same time frame – averaged since 1990.

through 11/16/2012

magnitude # so far # expected to today % of avg.
5.0 – 5.9 1360 1328 102%
6.0 – 6.9 106 125 88%
7.0 – 7.9 12 13 94%
8.0 + 2 0.9 227%


Recent Earthquakes 2012

(significant earthquakes of magnitude 7 or greater)

Magnitude 7.2 off the west coast of northern Sumatra of the Indo-Australia plate. Depth: 20.5 km (12.7 miles)

Magnitude 7.1 near Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific Ocean at the boundary between the Australia and Pacific plates. Depth: 23.1 km (14.4 miles)

Magnitude 7.4 near Oaxaca, Mexico. At least 11 people injured in Oaxaca and two injured at Mexico. At least 800 houses collapsed in Igualapa. Depth: 20 km (12.4 miles)

Magnitude 7.1 at Maule, Chile. 11 people injured in the Santiago area and 3 injured in Bio-Bio. Some buildings damaged slightly at Santiago. Depth: 34.8 km (21.6 miles)

Magnitude 8.6 off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon. It took place at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles). A second quake, magnitude 8.2, occurred off the west coast of Sumatra about two hours later. At least 2 people killed, 8 others died from heart attacks and 12 injured.

Magnitude 7.7 near Poronaysk, Russia.

Magnitude 7.3 offshore El Salvador.

Magnitude 7.6 Philippine Islands Region.

Magnitude 7.6 Costa Rica. Some houses collapsed, one bridge damaged and landslides occurred in the epicentral area. Power and communications outages occurred.


Tips For Earthquake Safety

Eliminate hazards. Conduct a “hazard hunt” to help identify and fix things such as unsecured televisions, computers, bookcases, furniture, unstrapped water heaters, etc.

Make A Plan
Make sure that your emergency plan includes evacuation and reunion plans; your out-of-state contact person’s name and number; the location of your emergency supplies and other pertinent information.

Make Disaster Kits
Everyone should have disaster supplies kits stored in accessible locations at home, at work and in your vehicle. our disaster supplies kits should include food, water, flashlights, portable radios, batteries, a first aid kit, cash, extra medications, a whistle, fire extinguisher, etc.

Make Your Place Safe
Some of the things that you might consider checking include inadequate foundations, unbraced cripple walls, soft first stories, unreinforced masonry and vulnerable pipes.

Drop, Cover, and Hold On
During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

Check For Injuries and Damage
Make sure you are trained in first aid and in damage assessment techniques. You should be able to administer first aid and to identify hazards such as damaged gas, water, sewage and electrical lines.

Communicate and Recover
Turn on your portable radio for information and safety advisories. If your home is damaged, contact your insurance agent right away to begin your claims process.


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