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Animation by NOAA showing off seismic activities around the globe

Screenshot of NOAA earthquake animation (source: NOAA via YouTube)
Alexander Richter 12 Dec 2016

In this fantastic animation by NOOA, every recorded earthquake is show in sequence from January 2001 to December 2015.

The potential for geothermal energy utilisation is the most around the boundaris of tectonic plates. These are also areas with volcanic activities and earth quakes.

Therefore this new animated globe by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows earthquakes around the world  and also their intensity.

The animation shows every recorded earthquake in sequence as they occurred from January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2015, at a rate of 30 days per second. The earthquake hypocenters first appear as flashes then remain as colored circles before shrinking with time so as not to obscure subsequent earthquakes. The size of the circle represents the earthquake magnitude while the color represents its depth within the earth. At the end of the animation it will first show all quakes in this 15-year period. Next, it will show only those earthquakes greater than magnitude 6.5, the smallest earthquake size known to make a tsunami. Finally it will only show those earthquakes with magnitudes of magnitude 8.0 or larger, the “great” earthquakes most likely to pose a tsunami threat when they occur under the ocean or near a coastline and when they are shallow within the earth (less than 100 km or 60 mi. deep).

A pretty cool thing.

You can watch the animation on YouTube.

Source: NOAA