Want to see real time earthquake maps? There are several millions of earthquakes that occur around the world each year. Yes, that’s MILLIONS! Luckily most of them are so small to detect or happen in remote areas where we don’t have detectors in place to record them. The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) records around 20,000 earthquakes a year (slightly above 50 per day).
Here are some of the real time earthquake maps that are out there where it displays the location of the earthquake as well as the magnitude of each one.
This map uses Map Quest to map out all the earthquakes. It’s really easy to use and it’s really easy to spot the big quakes because the orange circles that indicate them are relative to its magnitude. So the bigger the circle, the bigger the magnitude.
They also have a table of the top 100 most recent earthquakes that tell you things like, when/where it happened, the magnitude, and depth. If you click on the detail link at the end of each row, it’ll zoom into the exact point in the map so you can get a closer look. You can also click on the orange circles on the map to view the details of that quake.
Earthquakes today has a similar map to the Quakes site except it uses Google Maps and displays the most recent earthquakes over magnitude 4.5 within the past 7 days. They also have circles to indicate the location and magnitude of the quake.
They also have menu options on the top that let you see details for specific countries or major disaster areas. Again, you can click on the circles on the map to get more information about that earthquake.
This site displays all earthquakes within the past 5 years! They use colors and size of the circles to indicate when and how big the earthquakes were. By looking at the map you can clearly tell whether or not you’re in an earthquake zone and also see where the major fault lines lie.
They also provide the option to zoom in on a continent or area by clicking one of the options on their Zoom Maps menu on the right or by clicking on an area directly on the map.
There’s also an interactive map where you can customize and display the results based on things like Date Range, Magnitude, Depth which is pretty cool.
This map defaults to only earthquakes that occurred within a day. It tells you basic information like time, location, magnitude, and depth of the quake. You can click on the circles on the map to get more specific details. The map maybe initially zoomed into the US but you have the option to look at other areas of the world by clicking on the Zoom In drop down on the top right.
You can change options by clicking on the gear icon on the top right. There you’ll be able to change things like date range, with magnitude and order them based on date or magnitude.
It’s amazing how many earthquakes occur each day and unfortunately scientists are unable to predict when they will happen. The best way to protect yourself is to learn earthquake preparedness and have an earthquake kit just in case. It’s pretty cool to see visually where the earthquakes occur and how big they are but it won’t be so cool when the earthquake strikes in your area and you’re the one in danger. Be safe my friends and know what to do when an earthquake strikes.