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March 31, 2020 (23:52:31 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 6.5 Idaho

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred 72 km (44.7 miles) W of Challis, Idaho at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This earthquake was widely felt across multiple states.  There are no reports of damage or injuries.


March 25, 2020 (02:49:21 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.5 E of Kuril Islands

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred 218.6 km (135.9 mi) SSE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia at a depth of 56.7 km (35.2 miles). There have been no reports of damage or injuries and the earthquake prompted a tsunami watch that was later cancelled.


January 28, 2020 (19:10:25 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.7 NNW of Jamaica

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake occurred between Cuba and Jamaica (19.440°N 78.755°W), 125 kilometers (77.6 miles) north-northwest of Lucea, Jamaica at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). People in Miami, Florida, which is 440 miles from the epicenter, felt shaking.


November 14, 2019 (16:17:41 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 Indonesia

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred 134 km (83 miles) from the port city of Ternate at a depth of 45.1 km (30 miles). There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.


July 14, 2019 (09:10:50 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.3 Indonesia

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook the Moluccas islands on Sunday 165.9 km (103.1 mi) SSE of Ternate, Indonesia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Early reports indicate damage to houses in eastern Indonesia but no injuries or deaths.


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