Public Displays Resources

There are a number of free/low cost options for displaying earthquakes in real-time.

Global Earthquakes at a Glance:

The 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.

The Videoglobe Earthquake Maps are downloadable world earthquake maps with the last 30 days of earthquakes for wrapping onto spheres or for use with a globe projector device (e.g. OmniGlobe, Magic Planet).

Monitoring Real-Time Shaking at a Nearby Seismic Station:

Using jAmaseis, you can choose from thousands of seismic stations around the world and view streaming seismic data in near real-time! View up to three stations simultaneously or display three components of a single seismic station. The data stream looks just like a helicorder (drum recorder) but without the upkeep. Users can easily change the stations that are displayed at any time. Excellent display for museums, schools and other public venues!

Make your own Earthquake:

The “Jump and Watch” display, sometimes called “Make Your Own Earthquake”, is very popular in museums, universities and science fairs.