Google Earthquake – Quick Info on Earthquakes Near You

Google Earthquake

Google Earthquake

Google just announced that they implemented a cool feature to their search as it looks like they have integrated with USGS (United States Geological Survey). If you simply type “earthquake” or “earthquakes near me” you’ll see that they show a map of recent earthquakes.

Google Earthquake

It shows details of the earthquake like magnitude, distance from a nearby city, and the date and time. If you click on the “More on earthquake.usgs.gov” link at the bottom you’ll be taken to the USGS site that has more detail about the earthquake.

USGS Earthquake Details

Back to Google, under the most recent earthquake, it lists another 3 more recent earthquakes. These may give you the ability to confirm aftershocks in the hours and days after the event. If you click on the text you can see a bigger version in the main recent earthquakes view. From here you can click on the “More on earthquake.usgs.gov” link to see more details about it on the USGS site.

Google Earthquake - More Recent Earthquakes

Under the listing of 3 additional recent earthquakes there’s some helpful information on what you should do after an earthquake. Click on the “What to do after an earthquake” link and it’ll expand the details underneath.

Google Earthquake - What You Should Do After an Earthquake

With approximately 500,000 earthquakes that occur around the globe each year, 100,000 can be felt. Now people who feel the effects of an earthquake can ask Google directly about the disaster and get timely information to help them stay safe. This is great as it helps people get information right away instead of waiting for news reports on whether or not an earthquake just occurred and where exactly it happened.

Dr. William Leith, USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Coordinator said, “Ensuring that our earthquake information gets to the people who need it is very important to the U.S. Geological Survey, and we are pleased that Google is finding creative approaches to help make that happen,”.

This awesome Google earthquake coverage is global, however only searches in English will trigger the result.

Remember that preparedness is key and that you should actually take actions NOW to ensure you’ll be safe during an earthquake. Unfortunately most people don’t take any action until AFTER a disaster happens which may be too late. Don’t let that happen to you and be proactive and get prepared now. Please read the following articles to learn more about how to stay safe before, during, and after an earthquake. And remember to get your earthquake kit ready so you’ll have all the essentials to keep you alive.

What to Do BEFORE an Earthquake

What to DO DURING an Earthquake

What to DO AFTER an Earthquake

 

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Steven

    This looks like a really cool tool, do earthquakes happen more frequently now than they used to and I live in the UK is it possible to have earthquakes there sorry for the ignorance.

    Also with googles tool will it give you a pre warning?

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Although people may say there are more earthquakes now than before, there isn’t really any direct evidence for that claim.
      Even though earthquakes aren’t as frequent in the UK as places around the Ring of Fire, they do experience earthquakes every year. It’s estimated that around 20 earthquakes are felt in the UK in a year. You can read more about it here.

      Some countries have early warning systems in place like Japan but many do not. There is one being developed in the US and Canada but there is not Google integration.

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  2. Pete

    What a useful app! I’ll definitely be checking it out. I’ve never been in an earthquake thankfully, but I would definitely like to know about them being around me. Thanks for the info!

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      No problem Pete! Make sure you read the information on the bottom about What to do BEFORE an earthquake, What to do DURING an earthquake, and What to do AFTER an earthquake as they provide vital information to keep you safe.

      Reply
  3. Fedor

    An interesting tool and although I do not live in an area where there are many earthquakes I can imagine other situations for example if you want to buy a holiday home or just want to go on vacation then this tool definitely can help with a decision to go to a certain place or not.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yes, even though you don’t live in an earthquake area you never know whether you’ll be traveling to one in the future or may have family in an affected area so it’ll be useful.

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  4. Matt

    Wow really cool. I know earthquakes happen all around us but often they are too small to feel. I feel this will be very eye opening to many people. I would like them see to do other natural disasters as well.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yeah that would definitely be a great idea if they do the same for other disasters. I think they focused on earthquakes because they are so sudden and hit without warning which leaves most people dazed and confused and don’t know what to do. You usually get some warning for other disasters like tornados, storms, and floods. Usually days of warning before it hits whereas earthquakes strike within seconds.

      Reply

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