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This article was published on September 6, 2010

Christchurch Earthquakes Visualized On Google Earth

Christchurch Earthquakes Visualized On Google Earth
Chad Catacchio
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Based on data collected from New Zealand’s GeoNet website from Saturday morning’s 7.0 earthquake near the country’s second largest city, Christchurch, a reader of the unofficial Google Earth Blog, has created a KMZ file that visualizes the main quake and the subsequent aftershocks. In all it displays 216 quakes over about a 50 hour period and shows depth and magnitude.

You can either click around in Google Earth to visualize the data and/or can simply press the play button (in the upper left corner after you download and launch the KMZ file) – just make sure to hit the settings button first (the wrench) and slow down the timeline of the visualization.

Image: Google Earth Blog

Thumb image: The Telegraph