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When was the last East Coast earthquake?

Last Updated: 17th February, 2020

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On August 23, 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit the Piedmont region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, at 1:51:04 p.m. EDT.

2011 Virginia earthquake.
USGS-ANSS ComCat
Local date August 23, 2011
Local time 1:51:04 pm EDT
Magnitude 5.8 Mw
Depth 6 km (4 mi)

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Similarly, did the East Coast just have an earthquake?

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake occurred more than 100 miles off the coast of Maryland Tuesday night, according to the United States Geological Survey. The East Coast quake was recorded 136 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, according to the USGS.

when was the last time a tsunami hit the United States? Since 1933, 31 tsunamis have been observed in Crescent City. Four of those caused damage, and one of them, in March 1964, remains the “largest and most destructive recorded tsunami to ever strike the United States Pacific Coast,” according to the University of Southern California's Tsunami Research Center.

In this manner, when was the last time Maryland had an earthquake?

— A 5.8 magnitude quake, centered in 35 miles northwest of Richmond, Va., in August 2011, one of the strongest ever felt in Maryland. — The U.S. Geological Survey says the strongest Maryland earthquake on official record was a 3.1 magnitude tremor in 1978 near Hancock in Washington County.

Has there ever been a 10.0 earthquake?

No magnitude 10 earthquake has ever been observed. The most powerful quake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 temblor in Chile in 1960. A magnitude 10 quake would likely cause ground motions for up to an hour, with tsunami hitting while the shaking was still going on, according to the research.

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