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Global Significant Earthquake Database, 2150 BC to present

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The Significant Earthquake Database is a global listing of over 5,700 earthquakes from 2150 BC to the present. A significant earthquake is classified as one that meets at least one of the following criteria: caused deaths, caused moderate damage (approximately $1 million or more), magnitude 7.5 or greater, Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) X or greater, or the earthquake generated a tsunami. The database provides information on the date and time of occurrence, latitude and longitude, focal depth, magnitude, maximum MMI intensity, and socio-economic data such as the total number of casualties, injuries, houses destroyed, and houses damaged, and $ dollage damage estimates. References, political geography, and additional comments are also provided for each earthquake. If the earthquake was associated with a tsunami or volcanic eruption, it is flagged and linked to the related tsunami event or significant volcanic eruption.

Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Global Significant Earthquake Database. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K [access date]

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  • Global Significant Earthquake Database (search)
    The database contains information for each earthquake such as the date, time, location, focal depth, magnitude, intensity, and socio-economic data including the total number of fatalities, injuries, houses damaged, and houses destroyed and $ dollar damage estimates if available. If the earthquake was associated with a tsunami or volcanic eruption, it is flagged and linked to the related tsunami event or significant volcanic eruption.
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    Tsunami source and runup locations, significant earthquake epicenters, significant volcanic eruption locations.
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact Paula Dunbar
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(303) 497-6084
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General Documentation
Originator
  • National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS)
Publisher
  • National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA
Date(s)
  • publication: 1972-01-01
Data Presentation Form: mapDigital
Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose: These data are necessary for earthquake hazard assessments and mitigation efforts.
Use Limitations
  • Please cite the originator of the data set, the date downloaded, and the National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, as the source of the data.
Time Period: -2150-00-00  to  Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 71
S: -63
E: 180
W: -179
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • Earth Science > Interior & Crust
  • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Seismology > Earthquake Occurrences
  • INFOTERRA > Disasters > Catastrophic phenomena > Earthquakes
  • INFOTERRA > Lithosphere > Seismic activity > Seismic activity
  • INFOTERRA > Lithosphere > Seismic monitoring > Seismic monitoring
  • INFOTERRA > Disasters > Catastrophic phenomena > Tsunami
  • Epicenter
  • Hypocenter
  • Seismology
  • WDS, BOULDER > World Data Service for Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Places
  • Global
Use Constraints
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Access Constraints
  • Access to this dataset is unrestricted.
Other Constraints Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Global Significant Earthquake Database. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K [access date]
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Metadata Last Modified: 2014-04-01

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