An earthquake measuring in at 5.9 magnitude, hit Virginia (epicentre) at approximately 17:51:03 GMT. I am writing this post from my office at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, where we also felt the ground move beneath us.… Okay, to be frank, I didn’t feel anything. But my classmates and colleagues have reported that they felt the earthquake. Now, the reason why I am posting about this, is not exactly because I think the earthquake was that significant and worth mentioning. I would like to share with you a little map that I created a few weeks ago. It lives on my server in what I like to call my “testing space”. The map acquires a GEOXML feed from USGS and plots the earthquakes as they occur (real-time), and they stay on the map for a length of 24 hours. This is a great application for visualizing the spatial distribution of earthquakes around the world. You can imagine the smile on my face when I saw Virginia light up with a new earthquake… the same earthquake that has everyone and their mothers talking about it.
I mean… at least I think its neat… It definitely depicts the “information” portion of the “geographical information system”
Be patient… it needs to load a lot of earthquake data!
For those of you who will be reading this more than 24 hours from now, I have included a screenshot of the map as it looks right now (time of posting) at the top of the page.