Live Earthquakes Map


This website maps earthquakes from around the world using data from the US Geological Survey feed. It provides information about the location, the date and time (including how long ago it happened from the current viewing time),  the magnitude, and the depth of the quake in a table below the map. On the map itself, dots corresponding to the magnitude of the earthquake are placed at the geographic location of the quake, providing a clear visual display of where recent earthquakes have occurred.

This website clearly relates to our class discussion on the lithosphere and earthquakes specifically. Being able to visualize the location and magnitude of recent quakes drives home the theory of plate tectonics (thanks Alfred Wegener) because you can see that earthquakes most often occur along certain, invisible boundaries. I also like that this map shows how frequently earthquakes occur, even smaller ones that are not necessarily detectable without technology. I think this drives home the point that earthquakes are a common phenomenon that frequently, and often heavily, impact human life.

5 thoughts on “Live Earthquakes Map

  1. This is a really interesting way to visualize how dynamic the earth really is. Just by looking right now, I see multiple 5+MM earthquakes just in the last few hours, but none of them have been significant/damaging enough to be reported. It goes to show how the earth isn’t static between major events (like the New Zealand earthquake of this past week), and also how human priorities shape reporting on geologic processes. A small earthquake on the east coast of the US is directly affecting Americans and is relatively uncommon, but a significant earthquake in the South Atlantic is unknown outside of people following earthquake trackers, and they are covered accordingly.

  2. This site is very helpful to gain past information on earthquakes to be able to predict future ones. From the home page, I see a list of various magnitude earthquakes, the recent one being 17 minutes ago. This shows this website is also very accurate at keeping up with what is happening with information from USGS as well reporting a number of statistics such as time, location, magnitude, and depth. We can see how a majority of recent earthquakes are along the pacific place and more earthquakes occur than we think they do or that we hear about.

  3. This map is a great representation of our dynamic planet through its recording of seismic activity. It really shows how the Earth is in a constant process of trying to reach homeostasis – in this case through earthquake activity. I did not realize how constantly earthquakes occur, the most recent one I am looking at now happening just 8 minutes ago in Alaska. It is also great to realize the vast expanse of measuring tools and stations scientists have implemented across the globe to be able to record and provide us with this data. Really interesting find!

  4. Wow! This is so cool! The author must be very intelligent she really knows what she is talking about! Good Job!

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