Earthquake Facts

 

Earthquake Facts

Want to learn more about earthquakes?  Check out our list of earthquake facts:

  1. The earliest recorded earthquake in California was in 1769, felt by an expedition of explorers camping not far from present day Los Angeles.
  2. The last recorded earthquake in the U.S. struck Prince William Sound, Alaska, on Good Friday, March 28, 1964.  It had a 9.2 magnitude.
  3. The largest recorded earthquake in the world happened in Chile on may 22, 1960, and was a magnitude of 9.5.
  4. Scientists estimate that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes annually in the world.  100,000 of those can be felt, and only about 100 of them usually cause damage.

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