The IRIS Earthquake Channel is a free application that shows earthquakes on high resolution maps, suitable for display in a museum, lobby, visitor center or school setting.
The earthquakes are up-to-date, customizable, and quite impressive on a large-screen display with beautiful, high-resolution satellite imagery.
The world and 16 regional maps are included. Users can change various preferences, including the maps shown, their order, time-on-screen and more.
Earthquake updates are every 10 minutes, while the map changes every 30 seconds. The software can run for weeks unattended.
Circle sizes and colors show each earthquake's magnitude and age. Magenta dots are used for historical seismicity to enhance the plate boundaries and regions of high seismicity.
Got a second monitor? EventList (included) is a companion application which shows a textual list of the significant earthquakes currently shown on the main monitor.
- Free to use on your own hardware
- Needs Internet for the live data only, wireless or low bandwidth is fine
- High-res map imagery is included in download
Earthquake Channel is a MacOS application. (Windows and Linux downloads offered, but not fully-supported)
The maps are sized for either of two monitor resolutions:
Full HD (2K) at 1920x1080 - is great for screens up to about 50 inches, and
Ultra HD (4K) at 3840x2160 - looks amazing on screen sizes of 50 inches and beyond.
Version 2.5 (14 Nov 2017) with various fixes and improvements, notably for the latest MacOS 10.13 High Sierra.
EventList is the companion app for a second monitor, which shows the significant earthquakes on the current map.
It uses plain-English phrases like "25 minutes ago" or "2 weeks ago" to make dates and time zones easy-to-deal-with:
The cost of an Earthquake Channel display running on a massive 65" screen can be under US$1400 (as of 5/2017).
Imagery samples (click to enlarge)
A 2K imagery example:
4K imagery examples:
Earthquake Channel is from IRIS, the makers of
the IRIS Earthquake Browser :
and the Seismic Waves simulator :