One week of earthquakes visualized

on January 7, 2010

Despite their potential for massive damage, thousands of earthquakes pass every month with only machines and geologists taking notice. Explore this recent data set from and see what has been shaking in your neighborhood.

The thing that this data set seems to say most clearly is that earthquakes are constantly happening, even in relatively geologically benign places. Furthermore, it is not just little quakes. In just this one week alone there were dozens of quakes over 5.0 on the richter scale and one 6.2. Luckily, almost all quakes of that size happen under uninhabited places (with some notable exceptions).