Designer John Nelson of IDVSolutions created a map that shows all the world’s earthquakes of 4.0 magnitude or higher since 1898.
The brighter the colour, the more intense the earthquake.
The map was made using publicly available data from NCEDC.org, the U.S. Geological Survey and UC Berkeley (although Nelson notes that we only started recording earthquakes “hard core” in the 1960s with development of better technologies).
There are 203,186 earthquakes marked on the map in total, according to OurAmazingPlanet’s Andrea Mustain.
“The result looks an awful lot like a fleet of Nickelodeon tankers spilled the world’s supply of floam,” Nelson says on his blog. “If historical epicenters were floaties, you could walk from Seattle to Wellington.”
A string of bright green around the Pacific Ocean highlights the Ring of Fire, a zone known for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Photo: John Nelson/visual.ly
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