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The Largest Earthquakes in the United States

The Largest Earthquakes in the United States

 

The following table lists the largest earthquakes in the United States on record, according to rank, magnitude, date, and location. The largest earthquake to hit the U.S. was on March 28, 1964, when a 9.2 magnitude quake struck Prince William Sound in Alaska.

 RANK  MAGNITUDE  DATE LOCATION
1.9.2March 28, 1964Prince William Sound, Alaska1
2.8.8March 9, 1957Andreanof Islands, Alaska
3.8.7Feb. 4, 1965Rat Islands, Alaska
4.8.3Nov. 10, 1938East of Shumagin Islands, Alaska
 8.3July 10, 1958Lituya Bay, Alaska
6.8.2Sept. 10, 1899Yakutat Bay, Alaska
 8.2Sept. 4, 1899Near Cape Yakataga, Alaska
8.8.0May 7, 1986Andreanof Islands, Alaska
9.7.9Feb. 7, 1812New Madrid, Missouri
 7.9Jan. 9, 1857Fort Tejon, California
 7.9April 3, 1868Ka'u District, Island of Hawaii
 7.9Oct. 9, 1900Kodiak Island, Alaska
 7.9Nov. 30, 1987Gulf of Alaska
 7.9Nov. 3, 2002Central Alaska
 7.9June 23, 2014Little Sitkin Island, Alaska
15.7.8March 26, 1872Owens Valley, California
 7.8Feb. 24, 1892Imperial Valley, California
 7.8Nov. 17, 2003Rat Island, Alaska
17.7.7Dec. 16, 1811New Madrid, Missouri area
 7.7April 18, 1906San Francisco, California
 7.7Oct. 3, 1915Pleasant Valley, Nevada
20.7.6Jan. 23, 1812New Madrid, Missouri
 7.6June 28, 1992Landers, California
22.7.5July 21, 1952Kern County, California
 7.5Jan. 5, 2013Southeastern Alaska
23.7.3Nov. 4, 1927West of Lompoc, California
 7.3Dec. 16, 1954Dixie Valley, Nevada
 7.3Aug. 18, 1959Hebgen Lake, Montana
 7.3Oct. 28, 1983Borah Peak, Idaho
 7.3June 24, 2011Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
 
 
1. March 28, 03:36:14 UT (March 27, 5:36 P.M. local time)
Source: National Earthquake Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey.