Earthquake Visualization Tools – Earthquake Scenario Tools

We have written a lot about monitoring and mapping earthquakes that occur and the value of timely information. But what about earthquakes that have not happened yet? How do we illustrate what might happen and better understand the impacts of a major earthquake?  Working with researchers and drawing on data from more than 100 years, the US Geological Survey has prepared a series of scenarios that show the impacts of earthquakes of different magnitudes along different faults in California and elsewhere (https://earthquake.usgs.gov/scenarios/). For each of the scenarios, they have produced a shake map, an interactive map, regional information maps, and even videos for some, as they did for the Great Shakeout scenario.

A bit unnerving? Yes.

Informative? Always.