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Creates a short-cite (similar to those created with {{Harv}} templates) suitable for in-line attribution of earthquake-specific data and information from the USGS ANSS (Advanced National Seismic System) Comprehensive Catalog (ComCat), and links to an appropriate full citation created with the {{cite anss}} template will have a link to the specific ComCat event page. Optionally provides a link to a specific section or subpage.

Usage[change source]

  • {{ short-anss | <place*> | <year*> | sub-title= <sub-title> | sub-url= <sub-url> | <access-date> }}

A place name and a year are required, and must correspond with the place name and year used with cite_anss for the full citation. The place name is preferably some place near the earthquake's epicenter by which this event is, or will be, known. The name used in the USGS "Latest Earthquakes" list or "Significant Earthquakes Archives" at https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/ is generally a good choice. To cite multiple events in the same place and year suffix a letter to the year. E.g.: 2017a, 2017b.

Some ANSS event pages have subsections or subpages. A specific subpage can be cited using the sub-title and sub-url parameters. The first should correspond to the title or label of the link as it appears on the main event page (e.g.: "ShakeMap"); the second is the last section of the url (everything past the last "/" character). Note that the part following the "/" is generally the lowercase form of the label.

Because the initial data are subject to revision, providing the access-date is useful to indicate the concurrency of the data. This is typically in the form of "2018-02-07".


ANSS ComCat data is considered preliminary. About two years after an event the International Seismological Centre (ISC) reviews the data and publishes the scientifically authoritative magnitudes; these should replace magnitudes from any other source.

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