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February 25, 2018 (17:44:44 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.5 Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred 33 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Tari, Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 35 km (22 miles). Papua New Guinea is located on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, to the east of Indonesia. It is home to about 7 million people.

Teachable Moment Presentation

8 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt 14.7 MB / pdf 749 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 14.9 MB / pdf 851 kB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


February 16, 2018 (23:39:42 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.2 Oaxaca, Mexico

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has occurred in Oaxaca, Mexico at a depth of 24.6 km (15 miles).  It was felt as far away as Guatemala. There have been no reported deaths directly linked to the earthquake.

Teachable Moment Presentation

10 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt 5.96 MB / pdf 1.03 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 6.79 MB / pdf 1.11 MB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


January 23, 2018 (09:31:42 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.9 Alaska

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred at 12:31 am local time 181 miles southeast of Kodiak at a depth of 25 km (15.5 miles). There are no immediate reports of damage or fatalities.  Light shaking from this earthquake was felt across southern Alaska. A tsunami alert activated emergency warnings along coastal Alaska, and roused much of the population to seek shelter or move from tsunami inundation zones. 

Teachable Moment Presentation

12 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt 13.8 MB / pdf 1.07 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 13.9 MB /pdf 1.14 MB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


January 14, 2018 (09:18:45 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 Peru

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has occurred offshore Peru. The earthquake struck just after 4 a.m. local time and was centered near the coast of Peru, 40 km (25 miles) south-southwest of Acari, Peru at a depth of 36.3 km (22.5 miles). There are early reports of homes and roads collapsed leaving one dead and several dozen injured.

Teachable Moment Presentation

9 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt 34.1 MB / pdf 746 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 34.1 MB /pdf 757 kB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


January 10, 2018 (02:51:31 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.6 Honduras

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake has occurred in the Caribbean between Honduras and the Cayman Islands approximately 125 miles (202 km) north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles (303 km) southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands at a depth of 6 miles (10 km). There have been no reports of damage.

Teachable Moment Presentation

9 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt 4.95 MB / pdf 0.97 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 4.97 MB /pdf 1.02 MB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


November 19, 2017 (22:43:29 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 New Caledonia

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has occurred 82km ENE of Maré Island, the second-largest of the Loyalty Islands in the archipelago of New Caledonia. The initial report of the magnitude and shallow 10km depth prompted a tsunami warning. 

Teachable Moment Presentation

8 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt/animation 3.38 MB / pdf 799 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 3.4 MB / pdf 804 kB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


November 12, 2017 (18:18:17 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.3 Iraq

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has occurred in the northern border region of Iran and Iraq centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad at a depth of 33.9 km (21 miles). The earthquake was felt as far away as Turkey, Israel and Kuwait.

Teachable Moment Presentation

9 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt 6.2 MB / pdf 1.35 MB)

Farsi - translation courtesy of the Geological Society of Iran

Presentation in Farsi (pdf 1.42 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 6.89 MB / pdf 1.36 MB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


September 19, 2017 (18:14:39 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 Mexico

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has occurred 120 km SE of Mexico City collapsing buildings, homes, and bridges across hundreds of miles. Nearly 140 people had been reported killed across the country, but that figure was expected to climb as rescue and recovery proceeds.

Teachable Moment Presentation

12 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt 10.3 MB / pdf 1.11 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 12.2 MB / pdf 1.27 MB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


September 8, 2017 (04:49:21 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 8.1 Offshore Mexico

A magnitude 8.1 earthquake has occurred offshore Mexico.  It was felt as far away as Mexico City and Guatemala City.  This occurred as heavy rains from Hurricane Katia were approaching from the east.  There are early reports of 32 deaths from this earthquake, with homes, schools and hospitals damaged.

Teachable Moment Presentation

12 slide Powerpoint presentation/animation (zipped ppt 13.9 MB / pdf 1.61 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 14.7 MB / pdf 1.64 MB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


July 17, 2017 (23:34:14 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.7 Russia

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake occurred near the westernmost extension of the Aleutian Island chain. The epicenter was located 688.6 km (427.9 miles) E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, at a depth of 11.7 km below Earth’s surface.

Teachable Moment Presentation

8 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 2.47 MB / pdf 565 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 2.47 MB / pdf 457 kB)

Additional Resources

USGS Event Page

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


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