Today’s Obsession: Quake Mapping

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Here’s a fascinating bit of infographic which I’ve been watching for the past few days. The Japan Quake Map is a satellite view of Japan including a sub-oceanic view of its surrounding faultlines. The map is animated to give you a time-lapse view of exactly what the Japanese people are going through. It’s horrific—there have been, so far, 855 quakes since the 11th of March. If you turn on sticky dots, you can watch these build over time and plot them on the map.

This is a fantastic macro-view tool built by Paul Nichols of the University of Canterbury’s Digital Media Group, who also built one for the recent Christchurch quake (which is still happening, and up to 5782 quakes) in New Zealand.