They're Shakin' 'n I'm Markin' !

By: ofieldstream , 6:34 PM GMT on March 14, 2012

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Over the past 5 or 6 years I've had a Google Alert for Earthquakes going. It's been quite interesting to see the various locations and what seem to be 'patterns' - despite the constant denial of 'earthquake patterns' by the experts.

Once WU began including earthquake data in the Interactive FLASH Map on the landing page, I've been following it like a puppy in heat. But for WHY! - I don't know - I didn't think about logging these in a personal map on Google Maps! Sheeze Louise! I could have had a great database of earthquake symbols all over the globe by now. And maybe enough data to prove the doubting 'experts' of a patten to earthquakes. Hey, I can dream can't I? ". )



So, with this morning's cluster of 5 earthquakes off Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan (just NE of Honshu Prefecture, Japan); centered around the Erimo Seamount; and the 5.4 mag quake off Chiapas, MX, I'm now logging each day's earthquakes, listed on the WU Interactive FLASH Map.

I'm also still hopeful that once the Google search-bots go through the maps for the day (or hour, however often they scavenge for information ), that you will be able to Search Google Maps for 'Japan Earthquakes' to find the markers for the WUquakes. To give my markers a 'special look', I designed a custom marker for the WUquakes, seen below. The map markers are automatically downsized to 64px X 64px.



So the big thing now is to wait and see if the machinery at Google will bring up my WUquake markers.

Once I know how to 'see' these, I'll come back and post the 'How To'.

les Ofieldstream


UPDATE 03.15.12
I still have not found an 'easy' way to see the quake markets I've built on GoogleMaps. But I'm still working on it. -OFS
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14. SBKaren
1:05 AM GMT on March 21, 2012
Les - the links didn't work. That is the same site I always use. Funny, I never found it.

Now - did your map pick up the BIG one that occurred in Mexico today? I didn't feel that one either!
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13. ofieldstream
4:12 AM GMT on March 19, 2012
Karen .. this data comes from the USGS Earthquake site, March 14

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsu s/Quakes/ci11079618.php

The map for this is seen here:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsu s/Maps/US2/33.35.-120.-118.php

- les

Quoting SBKaren:
Karen ... I checked all the data for quakes in your area in the time-frame and the only thing measurable was a 1.6 on the NW side of Long Beach .. roughly 26 miles NW of you. A 1.6 would be hard to feel if your were right on top of it. So that's doubtful. ".) More likely an 'explosion' at the NWSSB ! ". O .. Duh? What's 'LTNS' ???

Well, Les, actually we might have felt that 1.6, if in fact, we did have one there. I think it would depend on how deep it was. I checked this data, and couldn't find any quake in the Long Beach Area. Can you leave me a link to the data you found? We were both sitting quite still on the couch, and since then I've talked to numerous friends who didn't feel a thing. To be honest, if hubby hadn't of felt it too, I would have thought it was my imagination!

LTNS = long time no see!

LOL = laugh out loud! (I know you know this - just teasing!)

The are going to be doing practice tests/maneuvers at the NWS this week, but it doesn't start until tomorrow. And if that were true, I think more of my SB friends would have felt it!
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12. SBKaren
4:34 PM GMT on March 18, 2012
Karen ... I checked all the data for quakes in your area in the time-frame and the only thing measurable was a 1.6 on the NW side of Long Beach .. roughly 26 miles NW of you. A 1.6 would be hard to feel if your were right on top of it. So that's doubtful. ".) More likely an 'explosion' at the NWSSB ! ". O .. Duh? What's 'LTNS' ???

Well, Les, actually we might have felt that 1.6, if in fact, we did have one there. I think it would depend on how deep it was. I checked this data, and couldn't find any quake in the Long Beach Area. Can you leave me a link to the data you found? We were both sitting quite still on the couch, and since then I've talked to numerous friends who didn't feel a thing. To be honest, if hubby hadn't of felt it too, I would have thought it was my imagination!

LTNS = long time no see!

LOL = laugh out loud! (I know you know this - just teasing!)

The are going to be doing practice tests/maneuvers at the NWS this week, but it doesn't start until tomorrow. And if that were true, I think more of my SB friends would have felt it!
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11. palmettobug53
4:22 PM GMT on March 18, 2012
Very interesting, Les.

Folks here tend to focus more on 'canes than earthquakes. They don't realize that we sit right on a fault and have little tremblors all the time. Not to be confused with the Seneca Guns effect we get from time to time.

When we get a good one, it's a biggie. Our last "really big shew", as Ed Sullivan would say, was in 1886.

According to the USGS website, our latest one was a 1.6 on 2/6/12.
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10. ofieldstream
5:11 AM GMT on March 18, 2012
Thanks for stopping by and chatting: Liisa, Gamms, Karen and Mike!

Liisa ... thanks for the nice comment. I'm doing this as a way of finding out just how flexible Google Maps and Google Earth integrate. Also to find out the 'secret' to getting a map icon to become a 'regular find' on Google Maps. Not sure how it works yet, may need more data points. In a month I should have a better picture. So-to-speak. ". )

Karen ... I checked all the data for quakes in your area in the time-frame and the only thing measurable was a 1.6 on the NW side of Long Beach .. roughly 26 miles NW of you. A 1.6 would be hard to feel if your were right on top of it. So that's doubtful. ".) More likely an 'explosion' at the NWSSB ! ". O .. Duh? What's 'LTNS' ???

Mike ... Yes, atop one of the tallest mountains on earth is your home; and to boot, one of the most active volcanoes on earth as well. You 'live on the edge' dude! On The Edge! That phone App would drive me nuts! Bet it goes off a lot! ".O

Gamms Thanks for stopping by! ". ) Patty Day now complete! ">) Hope you're not melting too much in sunny FLA! ". )

Setting Up a Google Map ..

1. Have a Gmail Account > Open it

2. Go to maps.google.com

3. Click MY MAPS and CREATE

4. Go to the legend at left-top of the map, choose the 'tear-drop-marker' by cliking them pulling down on the map to mark the location

5. Want to be precise .. in the case of quakes

a) go to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes .. go to the map and find the location visually where the earthquake occurred (you may need to look at a few quake pages)
b) once you find the 'quake of choice' COPY the LOCATION data
c) return to your MyMap
d) open Get Directions -> Paste copied located data into the FIRST FORM BLANK (if something is there erase and paste)
e) the location will appear as tear-drop-marker 'A'.
f) clik the Legend Tear Drop (you will ONLY see this legend when you are EDITING your MyMap information!!)
g) drag the tear-drop-market to the 'A', placing the 'black X' at the bottom of the tear-drop-marker, at the very tip point of the 'A' marker.
h) You can leave the marker the 'blue default' or clik the ICON in the Upper Right corner of the "INFO BOX" that comes up when you 'Place and Clik' the marker.
i) You have DEFAULT ICONS - MYIcons - Add An Icon
* DEFAULT = choose from the icons on the page
* MyIcons = when you upload a custom icon this link is hot and you choose from your icon(s).
* Add an Icon = when you have a custom Icon you clik this link and it allows you to enter a URL to your custom Icon.

NOTE: The custom icon can be delivered from ANY URL: stored on WU or anywhere else

NOTE: Keep this URL close if you are adding data regularly - as each time you build a NEW map, you will need to re-enter the URL to your custom icon. A bit of a pain, but if you keep the URL close, it's not too bad.

6) Once you have the data in MAP BOX and the SITE BOX (on the map by the marker) the way you want it.. clik SAVE or SAVED to insure it is actually saved, then clik DONE to close the editing of your map.

7) You can re-enter the EDIT of this map by just clicking the map title in you MyMap listing and click EDIT.

8) Or build a new map.

That's it. Once you get into it .. it's not as 'scary' as it might sound. ". )


WU FLASH MAP ... it's located on the Default Home page (http://www.wunderground.com/) as well as any page you have generate from your list of Favorites. The FLASH MAP is labeled: WEATHER EVENTS - far right on the top line of weather data presented, under the tabs: Blogs, Travel & Activities and Resources. World Map with series of numbers in squares (blue squares w/white outline and lettering). FLASH = move over gives pop-up data of the numbered sq. you touch; CLICK = map that comes up with the location placed on a map. To determine the quakes.. just roll you mouse over the squares or read listing below the map with a legend explaining the numbers squares.


OK .. I'm outtahere! Gotta get sleep. Thanks again all for stopping by (St Patty Day finery and all! ". ))

Later --

les O'fieldstream



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9. seflagamma
4:04 PM GMT on March 17, 2012
Hello again Les,


Happy St Patti's Day!

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St Patricks Day Graphics
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8. clearlakemike
5:00 AM GMT on March 17, 2012
Quoting SBKaren:
Hey ClearLakeMike! LTNS! Yes, you are sitting on a very active volcano area! Of course, as you well know, California is too. We have quakes every single day - but most are so small we don't feel them.

I never did figure out what that shaking was...oh well, we're all still here.


Hi Karen! Yes, it has been LTNS! I can't believe I have been living here this long already. Yes, California is of course very seismically active! That area to the west of where we last lived called The Geysers was constantly shaking from micro quakes that you usually don't feel. Southern California in recent years has been very busy too, especially near the border with Mexico. Glad that your shaking didn't do much more than rattle.

The earthquakes here on Hawai'i Island are sometimes very loud and really shudder. The ones in California didn't seem as loud and usually were more of a rolling sensation.

Les, I have been trying to find that flash map but the only maps I find are everything but earthquakes. I am familiar with the USGS maps that you can link too. I look at those often.
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7. SBKaren
12:01 AM GMT on March 17, 2012
Hey ClearLakeMike! LTNS! Yes, you are sitting on a very active volcano area! Of course, as you well know, California is too. We have quakes every single day - but most are so small we don't feel them.

I never did figure out what that shaking was...oh well, we're all still here.
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6. seflagamma
9:05 PM GMT on March 16, 2012
Hi Les,

That is very interestings... earthquakes are scary..

I saw your blog and wanted to stop by and say Hello!
Enjoy your weekend.
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5. clearlakemike
5:37 PM GMT on March 16, 2012
Hi Les, very interesting and I will be looking forward to your upcoming instructions to set one up. We feel a lot of earthquakes here on the Island of Hawai'i (and have a lot of earthquakes, almost everyday it seems although we don't necessarily feel all of them.) Sitting/Standing on the largest and most active volcano(es) in the world there is a lot of seismic activity! Fortunately, most of the time it is just a good startle and not much else...

I have an earthquake app on my ipod touch for earthquakes all over the world and it "chimes" (and lists the quake details) quite often...I have come to appreciate how seismically active the planet is and where the activity often is.

PS...also need to acquaint myself with the WU Flash map.
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4. SBKaren
11:44 PM GMT on March 15, 2012
Well, we were both sitting on the couch yesterday and reading/snoozing when a shaking rattled us. I thought for sure it was an earthquake, but I went to the maps later that night (when I had the time and was in front of a computer) and couldn't find a thing. Only quake that occurred slightly near the time I felt it was a 3.1 down in Baja. I seriously doubt we would feel a 3.1 that far away - but neither of us could figure out what made us shake.

Was anything landing that would break the sound barrier to cause that? This happened yesterday (Wednesday) sometime between 2:30-3:00. I can't attest to the actual time because I didn't think to look! But I do know it happened sometime in that time frame!
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3. LakeWorthFinn
4:15 AM GMT on March 15, 2012
Wow {{{Les}}}
I won't be mapping but will keep following you :) You're really something... wow!
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2. ofieldstream
3:41 AM GMT on March 15, 2012
Quoting whitewabit:
Les .. are you mapping ALL earthquakes or have you set a predetermined start point such as 4.0 or 5.0 earthquakes and above ... or maybe a starting point even lower ???


I'm going to map all the 4.9 and higher quakes that are at least initiated by WU. Like today.

The first quake I saw was the massive 6.9 (that is a huge quake and it goes nearly unmentioned!!) off of Hokkaido, JP. Then I noticed another 5.+ off Mexico. Later in the afternoon there was a 6.+ in New Guinea. When I looked at the New Guinea quake for details at the USGS Earthquake Watch site - I saw quakes from 4.9 - 5.4 from Solomon Idland to the NZ South Island.

So that's what I'm going to map.

Here are the current stats for approximate number of quakes each year, based upon Scale:

Magnitude Average Annually
8 and higher 1 ¹
7 - 7.9 15 ¹
6 - 6.9 134 ²
5 - 5.9 1319 ²
4 - 4.9 13,000(estimated)
3 - 3.9 130,000(estimated)
2 - 2.9 1,300,000(estimated)

Amazing. So, no. I'm not going to try to map them all. Just the most prominent. One reason I'm doing it is to build a picture of what I actually believe to be a trend. We'll see. ". )

When I was working on setting up the 'system' for tagging and documenting in MyMaps on GoogleMaps, I thought: 'It would be quite interesting in others got the 'bug' and started documenting other 'geologic and atmospheric' phenom. Drought, sandstorms, wind gusts of 45mph+, rainfalls of 2"+, iceberg calving, etc. Anything that is documented and logged in some closed area, created an 'amateur log' on GoogleMaps; and by association, GoogleEarth with companion KML files.

It's pretty neat to open GoogleMaps and find 'YOUR DATA' present. ".)

Interested ? ". ))

Thanks for stopping by Ww! ". >
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1. whitewabit (Mod)
1:58 AM GMT on March 15, 2012
Les .. are you mapping ALL earthquakes or have you set a predetermined start point such as 4.0 or 5.0 earthquakes and above ... or maybe a starting point even lower ???
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