USGS: Fewer Large Earthquakes in 2014

The year's strongest U.S. earthquake, and the second largest quake of 2014, was a magnitude 7.9 event in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska on June 23.

The number of large earthquakes in the United States fell to 12 in 2014 from 19 in 2013, although several moderate ones hit areas unaccustomed to them, including Oklahoma and Kansas, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Jan. 7. Worldwide during 2014, 11 earthquakes reached magnitude 7.0-7.9, and one registered magnitude 8.2, in Iquique, Chile, on April 1. USGS said this total is the lowest annual count of earthquakes magnitude 7.0 or greater since 2008, which also had 12.

Earthquakes caused about 664 deaths in 2014, including 617 who died in the magnitude 6.1 quake in Ludian Xian, Yunnan, China, on Aug. 3, as reported by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Other deadly earthquakes occurred in Chile, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, and the United States, including a magnitude 6.0 quake in American Canyon, Calif., Aug. 24. One woman died from her injuries 12 days later.

The year's strongest U.S. earthquake, and the second largest quake of 2014, was a magnitude 7.9 event in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska on June 23. Several quakes below magnitude 5.0 rattled Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, and Arizona throughout the year--but USGS estimates that several million earthquakes occur worldwide every year, and on an average day, the agency's National Earthquake Information Center publishes the locations of about 40 earthquakes.

Since about 1900, an annual average of 18 quakes have a magnitude 7.0 or higher.

Download Center

  • Hand Safety Program

    Hand injuries are the #1 preventable industrial accident worldwide. In REThinking Hand Safety, the most comprehensive book on hand safety, you'll learn how top companies have reduced hand injuries by up to 90% and what the most successful hand safety programs have in common. Get your free copy today!

  • Free 1-on-1 Consultations

    Is your company ready to reduce hand injuries? Schedule a free meeting with a Superior Glove hand safety expert and learn how to reduce hand injuries, lower PPE costs, and increase worker productivity. Our 1-on-1 consultations offer personalized advice and recommendations for your specific needs and concerns.

  • Glove 101 Guide

    Choosing the right safety gloves for your workers can be a daunting task. That’s where some basic knowledge of gloves can really come in handy! In this comprehensive guide you’ll find key information you need to know about safety gloves from types of gloves and materials to additives, treatments, safety standards, and more.

  • Sample Program

    Find the right safety gloves for your team and try before you buy—in just 3 easy steps! Simply add the products you want to try to your sample box, complete the sample request form, and wait for your samples to arrive at no cost to you.

  • Water Protection Product Guide

    Find the right safety gloves for your workers that are designed to protect in wet environments. From light and flexible to heavy duty, find the best water-resistant gloves with mechanical protection to safeguard workers.

  • Superior Glove

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2022

    November December 2022

    Featuring:

    • IH: GAS DETECTION
      The Evolution of Gas Detection
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2022
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Enhance Your Fall Protection Program with Technology
    • 90TH ANNIVERSARY
      The Future: How Safety WIll Continue to Evolve
    View This Issue