Recent earthquake information

The German Research Centre for Geosciences is running a worldwide network to detect earthquakes in real-time.

Please click the map to get information on the most recent earthquakes (Data: GEOFON/GFZ).

 

GEOFON (GEOFOrschungsNetz) is the global seismological broad-band network operated by the German GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ). The program and its seismic network were created to provide high quality broad-band data for scientific use and foster common standards in the seismological community. In addition, GEOFON provides real-time data on earthquakes and distributes that data worldwide.

Today the network plays a leading role in global real-time seismology providing valuable data for almost all fundamental and applied global/regional seismological research projects at GFZ and the wider seismological community. The GEOFON network is operated jointly with more than 50 international partners and in 2014 consists of about 80 active stations on all continents, but concentrated in Europe and the Mediterranean region as well as in the Indian Ocean.

Station operation is mostly performed by local partners with GFZ guidance and logistic support, allowing the global network to be well-advanced technically while still extremely cost-effective. All stations are equipped with broad-band sensors (generally STS-2) that allow resolution of the complete seismic spectrum from small high-frequency local earthquakes to the largest global earthquakes.

Data from all stations are freely redistributed in real-time for earthquake monitoring and tsunami warning centers immediately after acquisition at the GEOFON data centre via wired or satellite links. Archived data is also available. GEOFON is part of the Modular Earth Science Infrastructure (MESI) housed at GFZ.

Theearthquake parameterssuch astheepicenterthelocation, wheretheearthquakeoccurred, areshowninthemap. Inaddition, thedepthandstrength, as well asthetimeinUTC(coordinateduniversal time)areindicated.

Earthquake information and data: Geofon, a service of the German Resaerch Centre for Geosciences, GFZ

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