May 19, 2022

Significant Earthquake Database From the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)

From the NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center Web Site:

The Significant Earthquake Database contains information on destructive earthquakes from 2150 B.C. to the present that meet at least one of the following criteria: Moderate damage (approximately $1 million or more), 10 or more deaths, Magnitude 7.5 or greater, Modified Mercalli Intensity X or greater, or the earthquake generated a tsunami.

Direct to Additional Info and Database

The NGDC also provides online search access to a number of other earthquake data files and tools to output the data including as a KML file.

Three Search Options: Global, Rectangular Area or Circular Area.

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