Quakes on a Plane

quakesonaplane-sm.jpgA few months ago the USGS launched a bunch of new mashups with the recent quakes system. One of them is a Google Map with a recent quake.

About two hours ago there was a wee little quake, a 2.5 in El Segundo (you can see how widely it was barely felt here). But what I really enjoy is how they can now place it so precisely on a map.

Yeah, that’s one of the runways at LAX.

You can locate any quake in the United States on a street map. Kind of freaky when you look at some of the quakes over the last few months are under mall parking lots, golf courses, freeways, runways and of course houses.

4 Replies to “Quakes on a Plane”

  1. I was doing dishes when my wife called to me from the living room couch asking if I felt that little earthquake. Nope.

    Then she started prowling the house for things that would break if they fell off shelves.

  2. Best. Post title. Ever.

    Some of those little quakes (under 3 or 4 on the Richter scale) are hard to feel. When I worked in El Segundo, we were in one of those buildings that rolled and swayed when there was an earthquake, so we ended up feeling them more. I wonder if you’d feel the one pictured if you were sitting parked on the tarmac at LAX.

  3. Great post, greater title. Thanks for calling the USGS-Google Map tool to my attention. Last weekend I read John McPhee’s Assembling California (the geology of CA), blogged it, and yesterday I created a flickr group, “What’s in YOUR disaster kit?” Cause we all should have ’em. Maybe looking at someone else’s will inspire me to get off my you-know-what and put one together. I’ve seeded it with my meagre start. http://flickr.com/groups/yourdisasterkit/

    I’ll definitely be blogging this, too.

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