Earthquake Mashups with Google Maps

Google Maps provides a simple API for creating maps and populating them with any form of (geographically related) data you can imagine: Geotagged photos or tracks of your latest cycling tour. If the data is available on the web, eventually provided by a third party, you can create a mashup. Usually, the combination of the this data with a simple to use cartographic visualization is easier to use and more appealing than the original form of the data.

Visualising Earthquakes

One kind of geographically related data is the location of earthquakes. Live data of most recent earthquakes is supplied by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as RSS feed, which allows a fast and easy mashup. Not surprisingly, many can be found on the web, usually as examples for mashups and other Web 2.0 technologies in general. Less well known is, that the european counterpart (well, one of many), the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) also provides a live feed. While both feeds cover large earthquakes globally, smaller events are usually registered only in Northern America by the USGS and Europe/Northern Africa/Near East by the EMSC.

Using these feeds, I have created my version of a USGS Live Earthquake Mashup, and a EMSC Live Earthquake Mashup.

(to be continued)