Real Time Earthquake Maps – Where and How Big?


Want to see real time earthquake maps? There are several millions of earthquakes that occur around the world each year. Yes, that’s MILLIONS! Luckily most of them are so small to detect or happen in remote areas where we don’t have detectors in place to record them. The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) records around 20,000 earthquakes a year (slightly above 50 per day).

Here are some of the real time earthquake maps that are out there where it displays the location of the earthquake as well as the magnitude of each one.

Quakes – Live Earthquakes Map

Quakes - Live Earthquake Map

This map uses Map Quest to map out all the earthquakes. It’s really easy to use and it’s really easy to spot the big quakes because the orange circles that indicate them are relative to its magnitude. So the bigger the circle, the bigger the magnitude.

They also have a table of the top 100 most recent earthquakes that tell you things like, when/where it happened, the magnitude, and depth. If you click on the detail link at the end of each row, it’ll zoom into the exact point in the map so you can get a closer look. You can also click on the orange circles on the map to view the details of that quake.


Earthquakes Today

Earthquakes Today - Real Time Earthquake Map

Earthquakes today has a similar map to the Quakes site except it uses Google Maps and displays the most recent earthquakes over magnitude 4.5  within the past 7 days. They also have circles to indicate the location and magnitude of the quake.

They also have menu options on the top that let you see details for specific countries or major disaster areas. Again, you can click on the circles on the map to get more information about that earthquake.


Iris – Sesimic Monitor

IRIS - Incorporated Research Institute for Seismology

This site displays all earthquakes within the past 5 years! They use colors and size of the circles to indicate when and how big the earthquakes were. By looking at the map you can clearly tell whether or not you’re in an earthquake zone and also see where the major fault lines lie.

They also provide the option to zoom in on a continent or area by clicking one of the options on their Zoom Maps menu on the right or by clicking on an area directly on the map.

There’s also an interactive map where you can customize and display the results based on things like Date Range, Magnitude, Depth which is pretty cool.


USGS (United States Geological Survey) – Earthquake Map

USGS - Earthquake Map

This map defaults to only earthquakes that occurred within a day. It tells you basic information like time, location, magnitude, and depth of the quake. You can click on the circles on the map to get more specific details. The map maybe initially zoomed into the US but you have the option to look at other areas of the world by clicking on the Zoom In drop down on the top right.

You can change options by clicking on the gear icon on the top right. There you’ll be able to change things like date range, with magnitude and order them based on date or magnitude.


Final Thoughts

It’s amazing how many earthquakes occur each day and unfortunately scientists are unable to predict when they will happen. The best way to protect yourself is to learn earthquake preparedness and have an earthquake kit just in case. It’s pretty cool to see visually where the earthquakes occur and how big they are but it won’t be so cool when the earthquake strikes in your area and you’re the one in danger. Be safe my friends and know what to do when an earthquake strikes.

What to do BEFORE an earthquake

What to do DURING an earthquake

What to do AFTER an earthquake


  1. sarah

    This is amazing! I live in the Channel Islands and we’ve had 3 earthquakes in the last though they were tiny compared to what some places have to deal with. Whichis the best link to find earthquakes in Europe? Thanks.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Earthquakes Today has a Europe map but it only displays earthquakes within the last 24 hours. The other ones don’t look like they show much for Europe.

  2. marion mebius- de vries

    Great informative site, easy to navigate also. I believe everyone living in an area where there are earthquakes should read this site and have a look at the earthquake kits, it could save their life.
    The dog story moved my heart.
    Great work!

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks Marion. You’re right, having an earthquake kit may save your life. It’s always a good idea to have just in case. You just have to buy it once and then you’re protected. Keep in mind that you’ll have to replenish perishable supplies like food, water, and batteries but other than that you’re set.

  3. Rawl

    I have a question. You said scientists can’t predict earthquakes, but can’t they give an estimation of where they think one might occur based on past historical information of what has happened before?

    For example, isn’t there a volcano in Yellowstone that the experts believe will blow at some point within a given time frame?

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yes, they can give an estimation but usually those estimations are a big range such as the Cascadia Fault earthquake. Scientists predict there will be one within the next 50 years but that doesn’t really help because the range is so big. And those, are at best, estimations. It may happen sooner or it may not happen for 100 years. All we can do is be prepared and know what to do because earthquakes can strike at anytime.

  4. Matt's Mom

    I used to work for the National Weather Service in Alaska and I worked directly with the National Tsunami Warning Center which gives warnings for earthquakes. I know how earthquakes can happen fast and you have to know ahead of time what to do. Your website is very informative and interesting. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Andy (Post author)

      No problem! Just trying to spread awareness as most people don’t take it seriously. Hopefully my site can encourage them to be more prepared just in case.


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