In the central U.S., earthquakes do occur on a regular basis—on average there are hundreds or more small earthquakes per year in the region. Understanding how often and where they are occurring helps scientists and planners estimate potential for future earthquakes and ways to reduce potential losses.
Earthquake monitoring in the United States is managed through the “Advanced National Seismic System“, by the US Geological Survey. Smaller regional monitoring networks make up the backbone of the ANSS, with the majority of earthquake monitoring in the central U.S. being carried out by the Center for Earthquake Research and Information in Memphis, Tennessee.
Use the links below to view current seismic activity and recent earthquakes from the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (regional) and the US Geological Survey (national) monitoring networks.
Located at the University of Memphis, the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) performs the majority of seismic monitoring activity for the USGS in the central U.S. Their interactive “Earthquake Map” shows earthquakes detected in the region.
The US Geological Survey is the Federal agency responsible for monitoring and reporting earthquakes in the United States. To do this, USGS operates the Advanced National Seismic System. Their interactive “Latest Earthquakes” map provides a near real-time view of earthquakes occurring within the US.