Taiwan Earthquake and Google Earth Maps

There was an earthquake in the southern region of Taiwan today measuring 6.5 magnitude. Most of you will already have heard some details, but two really useful places to take a look at regarding earthquakes are the maps and also the information sections of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) site.

For example the USGS site spells out all the details of earthquakes. In this case the earthquake took place on April 26 at 02:59 a.m. UDT. There is also a handy converter for other time zones. The site also gives co-ordinates for the exact location, and tells us it was a depth of 13.7 miles, along with other detailed scientific information.

Meanwhile another page shows maps from the USGS plus Google Earth Maps of the earthquake region. There are earthquake location maps, shake maps, maps that relate to population exposure, hazard maps and historical seismicity maps among others. Google Earth maps available on that link mean you can zoom in and out of the area affected.

These really helpful Web pages are useful and innovative at the same time. For more maps or information on the Taiwan earthquake click on the links above.