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January 30, 2016 (03:25:10 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.2 Kamchatka, Russia

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred on Saturday January 30, 2016 at a depth of 161 km (100 miles) beneath the Kamchatka Peninsula.  The epicenter was located 107 km (66 miles) north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia.  Moderate to strong shaking was felt across the southern Kamchatka Peninsula.  There have been no reports of damage or injuries and the earthquake was too deep to displace the ocean floor and generate a tsunami.

Teachable Moment Presentation

12 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 4.23 MB / pdf 1.27 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 4.23 MB / pdf 1.28 MB)

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January 24, 2016 (10:30:30 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 Southern Alaska

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday. The earthquake was widely felt because it was close to Alaska’s population centers. There were no reports of injuries, but four homes were lost to natural gas explosions or fire following the earthquake.

Teachable Moment Presentation

14 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt/animation 82.2 MB / pdf 1.1 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 82.2 MB / pdf 1.06 MB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


December 7, 2015 (07:50:06 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.2 Tajikistan

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has occurred in Tajikistan in a sparsely populated area approximately 349km (217mi) E of the capital Dushanbe.  This earthquake shook buildings in cities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Teachable Moment Presentation

9 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 2.13 MB / pdf 905 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 2.13 MB / pdf 782 kB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


December 4, 2015 (22:24:55 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 SE Indian Ridge

An unusual 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in the southern Indian Ocean approximately 1022km (635 mi) ENE of Heard Island and McDonald Islands.  

Teachable Moment Presentation

7 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 2.67 MB / pdf 753 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 2.67 MB / pdf 796 kB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


November 24, 2015 (22:45:38 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.6 Peru

Two deep 7.6 magnitude earthquakes have shaken a sparsely populated jungle region near the Peru-Brazil border in southeast Peru. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Teachable Moment Presentation

9 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 2.52 MB / pdf 846 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 2.52 MB / pdf 950 kB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


November 18, 2015 (18:31:04 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Solomon Islands

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck offshore in the Solomon Islands. The earthquake occurred 178 km (111 mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands at a depth of 13.4 km (8.3 mi), according to the US Geological Survey.

Teachable Moment Presentation

9 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt/animation 11.5 MB / pdf 647 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 11.5 MB / pdf 737 kB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


October 26, 2015 (09:09:32 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.5 Afghanistan

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred in the Hindu Kush mountains, in the sparsely populated province of Badakhshan, Afghanistan which borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China. 

Teachable Moment Presentation

9 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 4.25 MB / pdf 1.02 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 4.25 MB / pdf 1.02 MB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


October 20, 2015 (21:52:02 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 Vanuatu

A major earthquake struck near Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific Ocean early Friday morning (8:52 AM) local time 337 km (209 miles) west of Port-Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. 

Teachable Moment Presentation

7 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 3.03 MB / pdf 688 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 3.03 MB / pdf 613 kB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


September 16, 2015 (22:54:31 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 8.3 Offshore Coquimbo, Chile

A great 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck offshore Chile late Wednesday.  The earthquake occurred 229km (142mi) north-northwest of the capital Santiago. The earthquake shook buildings in Santiago and generated a tsunami that caused flooding in some coastal areas.  The coastal town of Coquimbo was hit by waves of up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) high after the earthquake.

Teachable Moment Presentation

15 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt/animation 53.9 MB / pdf 1.5 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt  52.1 MB / pdf  1.63 MB)

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July 27, 2015 (21:41:21 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 New Guinea

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck New Guinea Monday, approximately 250 km west of the provincial capital Jayapura. 

Teachable Moment Presentation

6 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 1.8 MB / pdf 539 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 1.79 MB / pdf 540 kB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


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