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 near real-time, customizable, and quite impressive on a large-screen display with beautiful, high-resolution satellite imagery.
The world map and 16 other regional maps are included. Users can change various preferences, including the maps shown, their order, time on screen and more.
Earthquakes are updated every 10 minutes, and 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 earthquakes up to five years old, which really brings out plate boundaries and regions of high seismicity.
Got a second monitor? Included is a companion application which shows a textual list of the significant earthquakes currently shown on each map.
- Anyone can show The Earthquake Channel on their own hardware
- Requires an Internet connection to pull in the live data, but uses little bandwidth
- High-res map imagery is included in the download
Earthquake Channel is a MacOS application. (Interested users can download Windows and Linux versions, but they aren't fully-supported).
The maps are sized for either of two monitor resolutions:
Full HD (aka 2K, 1920x1080) - is best for screens up to about 50 inches in size, and
Ultra HD (aka 4K, 3840x2160) - looks amazing at screen sizes of 50 inches and beyond.
Version 2.4 (15 Dec 2016) with various fixes and improvements. New Zealand bug squashed.
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$1600 (as of 9/2016).
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 :