USGS Earthquake Map

The U.S. Geological Survey displays information relating to recent earthquake strikes around the world. The left side of the screen shows the recent earthquakes in the United States. It tells how many earthquakes have occurred in the map are over the last 24 hours. If you zoom out to the entire world, the panel adjusts to include earthquakes all over the world. On the map, each earthquake is represented by a circle with varying sizes and colors. The size of the circle represents the magnitude of the earthquake and the color represents the relative age of the earthquake. The plate boundaries are are outlined in red. Clicking on a specific earthquake takes you to another page that offers an interactive map, a regional information map, a seismicity map, and a shake map. Also, people can write up a felt report of their earthquake experience. Additionally, under settings tab, one can narrow or widen the earthquake parameters by size, time, and place.

This website is helpful for understanding where recent earthquakes struck and specific information about each earthquake. Earthquake map visualization helps to reveal patterns in earthquake behavior and helps educate others on the overall impact of earthquakes.

3 thoughts on “USGS Earthquake Map

  1. I really like this website, I’m a fan of what the USGS has been doing with their maps. I think the fact that they are interactive makes them a very helpful geography tool especially because it gives viewers the chance to observe and learn on their own. I think an important aspect is the pattern of earthquake behavior so maybe one day earthquake strikes can be more predictable.

  2. I can see how this tool can be incredibly helpful. Obviously, earthquakes can be extremely dangerous and can cause a lot of problems for affected areas, so having a tool that can help identify more at-risk areas can be used to help avoid any future damage.

  3. This seems like such a cool tool! I really love the fact that it has such a large scope, as it can map global earthquakes and not just regional ones. I think this could be really useful for urban planning so cities can be designed to meet a certain level or earthquake resilience depending on the amount and magnitude of earthquakes they tend to experience.

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