Question: How far can earthquakes be detected?

A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 60 miles from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 300 miles from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage out to 25 miles.

How far away can you feel a 3.4 earthquake?

It can be felt up to several hundred miles from the epicenter. Damages most buildings, most in poor shape will at least partially collapse. Major damage to buildings with lots of destruction. Will cause moderate-to-heavy damage to earthquake-resistant buildings.

What is the maximum range of earthquake?

According to the USGS, earthquakes of magnitude 10 or larger cannot happen. The largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5. It occurred in 1960 near Valdivia, Chile, where the Nazca plate subducts under the South American plate.

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