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Latest earthquakes in Iowa, USA

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Mag. 3.6 Earthquake 19 mi SW of Ottawa, Illinois, USA - Nov 15, 2023 - 14 days ago
Strongest since 1970Mag. 4.0 Lee County, Illinois, USA - - 51 years ago
- past monthMag. 3.6 19 mi SW of Ottawa, Illinois, USA - Nov 15, 2023 - 14 days ago
- past yearMag. 3.6 19 mi SW of Ottawa, Illinois, USA - Nov 15, 2023 - 14 days ago
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Updated: Nov 29, 2023 06:29 GMT -
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There were no significant confirmed earthquakes in or near Iowa in the past 24 hours.

Since 1970, Iowa has had 13 quakes of magnitudes above 2 and up to 4.0:

  • 1 quake above magnitude 4
  • 9 quakes between magnitude 3 and 4
  • 3 quakes between magnitude 2 and 3
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Wednesday, November 15, 2023 GMT (1 quake)
Nov 15, 04:41 am (Chicago)
(Nov 15, 10:41 GMT)
3.6

4.6 km
19 mi southwest of Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA 51 reportsMore
Thursday, October 19, 2023 GMT (1 quake)
Oct 19, 03:53 am (Chicago)
(Oct 19, 08:53 GMT)
2.7

10.1 km
29 km northwest of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA More
Monday, January 6, 2014 GMT (1 quake)
Sunday, January 05, 2014 23:56:14
(Jan 6, 2014 05:56 GMT)
2.9

5 km
15 mi southeast of Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska, USA 6 reportsMore
Thursday, November 18, 2010 GMT (1 quake)
Nov 18, 2010 13:02 GMT
3.3

4.9 km
Butler County, 7 mi south of Schuyler, Colfax County, Nebraska, USA More
Thursday, December 17, 2009 GMT (1 quake)
Dec 17, 2009 02:53 GMT
3.6

5 km
19 mi south of Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, USA More
Friday, July 16, 2004 GMT (1 quake)
Jul 16, 2004 12:17 GMT
3.5

5 km
Fremont County, Iowa, 48 mi southeast of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA More
Thursday, September 2, 1999 GMT (1 quake)
Sep 2, 1999 16:17 GMT
3.5

5 km
42 mi southwest of Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA More
Saturday, August 9, 1997 GMT (1 quake)
Aug 9, 1997 17:46 GMT
3.4

5 km
Colfax County, 20 mi southeast of Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska, USA More
Tuesday, February 6, 1996 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 6, 1996 15:10 GMT
3.6

5 km
Nebraska, 58 mi west of Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA More
Saturday, February 11, 1995 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 11, 1995 05:54 GMT
3.1

5 km
51 mi north of Сент-Джозеф, Бьюкенен County, Missouri, USA More
Wednesday, March 31, 1993 GMT (1 quake)
Mar 31, 1993 02:02 GMT
2.9

5 km
Nemaha County, Nebraska, 57 mi northwest of Сент-Джозеф, Бьюкенен County, Missouri, USA More
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Estimated combined seismic energy released: 1.6 x 1011 joules (44.1 megawatt hours, equivalent to 37.9 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Seismic station: State Center, Iowa, USA (SCIA/US network) | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station State Center, Iowa, USA: seismogram of vertical movement last 60 minutes (source: IRIS/BUD)
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Iowa Earthquake FAQ

When was the latest earthquake in Iowa?

The last earthquake in Iowa occurred 14 days ago: Light mag. 3.6 earthquake - 19 mi southwest of Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA, on Wednesday, Nov 15, 2023 04:41 am (Chicago time).

How many quakes were there in Iowa since 1970?

Since 1970, Iowa has had 1 quake of magnitude 4.0, 9 quakes between 3.0 and 4.0, and 3 quakes between 2.0 and 3.0.

What was the strongest quake in Iowa since 1970?

The strongest earthquake in Iowa since 1970 occurred 51 years ago: Moderate mag. 4.0 earthquake - Lee County, 34 mi northwest of Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA, on Friday, September 15, 1972 at 05:22 GMT.

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